Cognitive Tele-Assessment approach (CTA) has been widely used in adults for clinical, research, and screening purposes. In the last decades, it has been considered a useful tool for evaluating child development in both clinical and educational settings and new instruments for CTA in children have been developed. In comparison to In Person Assessment (IPA), CTA can have several advantages, such as increasing accessibility, cutting waiting lists, reducing time and travel costs, and assisting with infection control by minimizing face-to-face contact in times of pandemic. Nevertheless, several issues related to the feasibility and reliability of using CTA to evaluate cognitive development are still open. The present systematic review has a twofold aim: 1. to describe the cognitive functions that are most frequently measured by CTA in children, the procedures used, and the characteristics of the samples investigated; 2. to investigate the agreement between CTA and IPA scores in children.In the present systematic review, 23 studies using CTA in children, with typical or atypical development, have been selected and analyzed. Results support the similarities in performance scores between IPA and CTA and good compliance by children and their families in participating in CTA. Nonetheless, most studies suggest that several methodological precautions must be taken to manage technical and procedural characteristics that may represent challenges for CTA of children. Suggestions for a correct use of CTA, factors affecting the validity of the results and directions for future research are discussed.

Tele-assessment of cognitive functions in children: a systematic review / Ruffini, Costanza; Tarchi, Christian; Morini, Monica; Giuliano, Gabriella; Pecini, Chiara. - In: CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1744-4136. - STAMPA. - 28:(2022), pp. 709-745. [10.1080/09297049.2021.2005011]

Tele-assessment of cognitive functions in children: a systematic review

Ruffini, Costanza;Tarchi, Christian;Pecini, Chiara
2022

Abstract

Cognitive Tele-Assessment approach (CTA) has been widely used in adults for clinical, research, and screening purposes. In the last decades, it has been considered a useful tool for evaluating child development in both clinical and educational settings and new instruments for CTA in children have been developed. In comparison to In Person Assessment (IPA), CTA can have several advantages, such as increasing accessibility, cutting waiting lists, reducing time and travel costs, and assisting with infection control by minimizing face-to-face contact in times of pandemic. Nevertheless, several issues related to the feasibility and reliability of using CTA to evaluate cognitive development are still open. The present systematic review has a twofold aim: 1. to describe the cognitive functions that are most frequently measured by CTA in children, the procedures used, and the characteristics of the samples investigated; 2. to investigate the agreement between CTA and IPA scores in children.In the present systematic review, 23 studies using CTA in children, with typical or atypical development, have been selected and analyzed. Results support the similarities in performance scores between IPA and CTA and good compliance by children and their families in participating in CTA. Nonetheless, most studies suggest that several methodological precautions must be taken to manage technical and procedural characteristics that may represent challenges for CTA of children. Suggestions for a correct use of CTA, factors affecting the validity of the results and directions for future research are discussed.
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Ruffini, Costanza; Tarchi, Christian; Morini, Monica; Giuliano, Gabriella; Pecini, Chiara
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