Innovative programs for improvement in reading through cognitive enhancement: a remediation study of Canadian First Nations children

J Learn Disabil. Sep-Oct 2007;40(5):443-57. doi: 10.1177/00222194070400050801.


Forty-five Grade 3 students from a reservation school in Western Canada were divided into two remedial groups and a no-risk control group. One remedial group was given a classroom-administered cognitive enhancement program (COGENT) throughout the school year. The second group received COGENT for the first half of the year followed by a pull-out cognitive-based reading enhancement program (PREP). Children were assessed across phonological awareness, rapid naming, reading, and cognitive ability at the beginning of the year, mid-term, and at the end of the school year. MANOVA results showed a significant interaction for reading measures, with students receiving classroom intervention over the school year making the greatest gains. Results are discussed in terms of group, remediation program, and individual participant improvements.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aptitude
  • Aptitude Tests
  • Canada
  • Child
  • Comprehension
  • Curriculum
  • Dyslexia / ethnology
  • Dyslexia / therapy*
  • Education, Special / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / education*
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Phonetics
  • Remedial Teaching / methods*
  • Verbal Learning