Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




The purpose of this study was to show the effectiveness of a 6-week attention training program on the cognition, quality of life (QOL), and activities of daily living in children with low vision. Materials and methods: Included in this study were 20 children with low vision, aged 7-12 years. The children were divided into 2 groups. While the first group (n = 10) participated in a 6-week Pay Attention© training program 3 times a week for 30 min, the second group (n = 10) was the control. Before and after the program, all of the participants were evaluated using a modified child Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Northwick Park Index of Independence (NPI), and the low vision QOL (LVQOL) questionnaire. Results: After 6 weeks, while significant differences in the outcome measurements were observed in the trained children (P < 0.05), the children in the control group had no significant differences (P > 0.05). Some differences between the groups were significant in favor of the trained children (P < 0.05). In the trained children, significant differences were found in terms of the MMSE, NPI, and LVQOL (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The results obtained from this study show that the attention training program improves cognitive function, independence in activities of daily living, and the QOL of children with low vision.


Low vision, cognition, attention, activities of daily living, quality of life

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