The Effectiveness of Dawson-Guare Program on the Executive Functions of Pre-School Students with Neurological Learning Disability

  •  Ali Akbar Ebrahimi    
  •  Ahmad Abedi    
  •  Ahmad Yarmohammadian    
  •  Salar Faramarzi    


The present study aimed to examine the effectiveness of the Dawson-Guare Program on executive functions in children with Neuropsychological/Developmental Learning Disability (NDLD). The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale Intelligence (WPPSI) and Behavior Rating Inventory for Executive Function-Preschool (BREIEF-P) were chosen for the purposes of this study and 40 children of the total number of 700, exhibited executive functions difficulties indicating a probable NDLD. The 40 students diagnosed with NDLD were equally separated into two groups. The intervention group attend a 15-week Dawson-Guare program while students of the control group followed the regular preschool schedule. All participants were tested prior to the start and after the end of the 15-week period. The results indicated that after a 15-week Dawson-Guare program, the intervention group improved all of dimensions of executive functions that examined. In conclusion, Dawson-Guare program training can be an effective intervention for improving executive functions for children with NDLD.

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