A summary on the effectiveness of the Amsterdam memory and attention training for children (Amat-c) in children with brain injury

Elizabeth Dvorak, Caroline van Heugten*

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVE: To summarise the current research on the effectiveness of the Amsterdam Memory and Attention Training for Children (Amat-c).

METHODS: A literature search was conducted to find articles published about the Amat-c, using PubMed, psychINFO, and PsychBITE databases. Relevant search terms included Amat-c, attention and memory, and childhood ABI.

RESULTS: Our literature search identified 7 articles that described 5 separate studies including 61 children in total (mostly TBI). Only one study had a control group. All results indicated positive effects on memory and attention, although in three of the studies, these results were not statistically tested. Positive results were generally maintained six months follow up.

CONCLUSIONS: This review showed that the Amat-c is effective for treating attention and memory disturbances in children with ABI. However, evidence is limited and training material is outdated. We suggest that the Amat-c should be digitised and implemented in a school setting and further evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Journal Article
  • paediatric rehabilitation
  • ABI
  • Amsterdam Memory and Attention Training for Children
  • TBI
  • Amat-c
  • Learning/physiology
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Brain Injuries/complications
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Memory Disorders/etiology
  • Memory/physiology
  • Executive Function/physiology
  • Attention/physiology
  • Child

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