KidStarter SMART Training is designed to bridge the gap between early language development (age 4+) and the ability to undertake regular SMART training. It prepares younger users (mental age 4-9) for SMART training by accelerating the development of basic relational skills, but using non-arbitrary stimuli such as pictures of toys and household objects in the place of the “nonsense” syllables used in SMART training.
The training is also useful for older children with language delays or other learning challenges. It remediates basic relational reasoning so that the user is prepared to undergo SMART training in an efficient way.
KidStarter training requires that the child be guided by a teacher or other caregiver, as each task may require reading and explanation. A caregiver should help the user to understand each task and guide them towards the correct answer, short of telling them what to do. Remember, much is to be learned from getting answers to the relational reasoning tasks wrong, so there is merit in pushing ahead even when the user is not fully confident that their answers are correct.
There are five stages to the training, that must be undertaken in turn. As in SMART training, users are encouraged to revise passed stages often.
Relational Frame Training Ltd. is a Maynooth University Ireland, Spinout Company
(Reg. No. 506993)
Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland