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Wobble - Het Wiebelkinderen Onderzoek naar Betere Breinprestaties en LeerEffecten


- candidate number29476
- NTR NumberNTR7453
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR30-aug-2018
- Secondary IDsNTR 405-18-644 
- Public TitleWobble - Het Wiebelkinderen Onderzoek naar Betere Breinprestaties en LeerEffecten
- Scientific TitleThe WOBBLE Study: The Wobbly children Obtaining Better Brain performance and Learning Effects Study
- ACRONYMWOBBLE
- hypothesis1. Using a wobble cushion and tangle will lead to improved performance on a math test, reading comprehension test and on a sustained attention test for children with more problems with sensory information processing (both low and high threshold) in comparison to not using an aid.

2. Using noice-reducing headphones will lead to improved performance on a math test, reading comprehension test and on a sustained attention test for children with more problems with sensory information processing with a low threshold in comparison to not using an aid.

3 The use of aids by children without sensory information processing problems will not lead to improved performance on a math test, reading comprehension test and on a sustained attention test in comparison to not using an aid.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedSensory information processing, Sensory stimulus processing
- Inclusion criteriaAll children in class 4 (groep 4) at participating schools can participate.
- Exclusion criteriaNone
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlNot applicable
- groupFactorial
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-okt-2018
- planned closingdate1-nov-2019
- Target number of participants216
- InterventionsWobble cushion - tangle - noice-reducing headphones
- Primary outcomePerformance on math test, reading comprehension test, and sustained attention test (Bourdon-Vos). Score on Sensory Profile
- Secondary outcomeScore on standardized tests (CITO tests)
- TimepointsChildren will perform the math test, reading comprehension test and sustained attention test in 4 test sessions (1 per week, 4 weeks in a row) every time with a different aid (or nothing as the control condition)
- Trial web siteNA
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESDr. Inge van der Wurff
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESDr. Celeste Meijs
- Sponsor/Initiator Open University the Netherlands
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
NRO (Nationaal Regieorgaan Onderwijsonderzoek)
- PublicationsNA
- Brief summaryWOBBLE NTR
In every classroom there are children who have trouble with focusing. This can be detrimental for their school performance, as they do not absorb the information which is being thought, or because they cannot focus on a test (long enough). These children are sometimes (mis)diagnosed (with for example AD(H)D, autism spectrum disorder or learning disorder), while their suboptimal focus could be caused by the manner in which they process sensory information. Every individual processes sensory stimuli in a different way. A sensory stimulus needs to achieve a certain threshold to be noticed. This threshold differs per individual. Some individuals have a high threshold (they are slow to notice a stimulus), other have a low threshold (they notice stimuli quickly). An individual can regulate the threshold by adding stimuli (e.g. wobbling) or shielding of stimuli (e.g. putting hands on ears). Individuals who do not regulate their threshold can possibly miss out on stimuli (a child that is staring out of the window) or become overstimulated. The neurological threshold (low/high) and regulation (active/passive) leads to four sensory information processing patterns: low registration (high/passive), sensory sensitivity (low/passive), sensation seeking (high/active), sensory avoiding (low/active). Children with sensory information processing problems sometimes get aids such as a tangle, wobble cushion or noice-reducing headphones which are though to help with sensory information processing regulation. Whether these aids actually work has never been scientifically studied. Goal of the current study is to empirically investigate whether (a) these aids are helpful in the regulation of sensory information processing during a math test, a comprehensive reading test and a sustained attention test and (b) which aid is most helpful for each sensory information processing pattern.
To investigate this 250 students attending second grade (groep 4) will be recruited. Parents will be informed via an information letter and they are asked to return a filled out informed consent to school. The parents whose children are allowed to participate in the study are asked to fill out the Sensory Profile-NL (Dunn, W., SP-NL | Sensory Profile-NL - herziene editie. 2013: Pearson), this questionnaire is designed to assess the sensory information processing abilities of children. Parents answer questions about the regularity (almost never almost always) with which their child acts on a sensory event as described in the item. The questionnaires gives scores on four sensory processing profiles: low registration, sensation seeking, sensory avoiding and sensory sensitivity.
Next, the experiment will be executed at the school; the students will execute a math test, a reading comprehension test and a sustained attention test. This will be repeated four times, while they use a different aid (wobble cushion, tangle or headphones) or nothing (control condition) every session. This allows us to determine the direct effect of the aids in comparison to each other and in comparison to the control condition in an ecological valid setting, namely the classroom. There will be randomization of the aids over the conditions and tests. To analyze results mixed design repeated measure ANOVAs will be executed, separate ANOVAs for the math test, reading comprehension test and attention test. The scores on the tests during the conditions (wobble cushion, tangle, head phone and control) are the repeated measures (within subjects factors) and the behavior related to the patterns of sensory processing within a child are the between subject factors. Additionally ANOVAs will be executed to determine interactions between condition and behavior severity within a sensory profile that emerge within the repeated measures ANOVAs.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD30-aug-2018 - 15-sep-2018


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