ERIC Number: EJ889875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Computer-Based Auditory Training (CBAT): Benefits for Children with Language- and Reading-Related Learning Difficulties
Loo, Jenny Hooi Yin; Bamiou, Doris-Eva; Campbell, Nicci; Luxon, Linda M.
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, v52 n8 p708-717 Aug 2010
This article reviews the evidence for computer-based auditory training (CBAT) in children with language, reading, and related learning difficulties, and evaluates the extent it can benefit children with auditory processing disorder (APD). Searches were confined to studies published between 2000 and 2008, and they are rated according to the level of evidence hierarchy proposed by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2004. We identified 16 studies of two commercially available CBAT programs (13 studies of Fast ForWord[R] (FFW) and three studies of Earobics) and five further outcome studies of other non-speech and simple speech sounds training, available for children with language, learning, and reading difficulties. The results suggest that, apart from the phonological awareness skills, the FFW and Earobics programs seem to have little effect on the language, spelling, and reading skills of children. Non-speech and simple speech sounds training may be effective in improving children's reading skills, but only if it is delivered by an audio-visual method. There is some initial evidence to suggest that CBAT may be of benefit for children with APD. Further research is necessary, however, to substantiate these preliminary findings.
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Learning Problems, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Training, Reading Skills, Computer Uses in Education, Language Impairments, Auditory Perception, Program Evaluation, Educational Technology, Special Needs Students
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