Temporal processing deficits of language-learning impaired children ameliorated by training

Science. 1996 Jan 5;271(5245):77-81. doi: 10.1126/science.271.5245.77.


Children with language-based learning impairments (LLIs) have major deficits in their recognition of some rapidly successive phonetic elements and nonspeech sound stimuli. In the current study, LLI children were engaged in adaptive training exercises mounted as computer "games" designed to drive improvements in their "temporal processing" skills. With 8 to 16 hours of training during a 20-day period, LLI children improved markedly in their abilities to recognize brief and fast sequences of nonspeech and speech stimuli.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language Disorders / therapy*
  • Language Therapy*
  • Learning Disabilities / therapy*
  • Male
  • Software*
  • Speech Perception
  • Video Games*