Roden, Ingo and Früchtenicht, Kaija and Kreutz, Gunter and Linderkamp, Friedrich and Grube, Dietmar (2019) Auditory Stimulation Training With Technically Manipulated Musical Material in Preschool Children With Specific Language Impairments: An Explorative Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. ISSN 1664-1078

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Auditory stimulation training (AST) has been proposed as a potential treatment for children with specific language impairments (SLI). The current study was designed to test this assumption by using an AST with technically modulated musical material (ASTM) in a randomized control group design. A total of 101 preschool children (62 male, 39 females; mean age = 4.52 years, SD = 0.62) with deficits in speech comprehension and poor working memory capacity were randomly allocated into one of two treatment groups or a control group. Children in the ASTM group (n = 40) received three 30-min sessions per week over 12 weeks, whereas children in the comparison group received pedagogical activities during these intervals (n = 24). Children in the control group (n = 37) received no treatment. Working memory, phoneme discrimination and speech perception skills were tested prior to (baseline) and after treatment. Children in the ASTM group showed significantly greater working memory capacity, speech perception, and phoneme discrimination skills after treatment, whereas children in the other groups did not show such improvement. Taken together, these results suggest that ASTM can enhance auditory cognitive performance in children with SLI.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: auditory stimulation, working memory, language disorders, transfer (psychology), preschool children
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: School of Educational and Social Sciences > Department of Educational Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 08:03
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 08:03
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-45425
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02026

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