UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


The effects of adaptive training in auditory temporal processing on Specific Language Impairment

People:James Boyle, Wendy Cohen, Ann Clark, Tariq Durrani, Elspeth McCartney, Mike Mattey, Lionel Naftalin, Anne O’Hare, Jocelynne Watson
FunderAction Medical Research

This project undertook the first full-scale RCT of FastForWord™, a computer-based language programme designed to develop language skills through presenting temporally adapted speech, as an additional therapy for children with persisting severe receptive/expressive language impairment. It showed that the language outcomes of children randomised to the FastForWord™ condition did not did not differ significantly from those in control groups, who either played commercial computer-based language games using non-adapted speech, or continued with their on-going therapy.

  1. Cohen, W., Hodson, A., O’Hare, A., Boyle, J., Durrani, T., McCartney, E., Mattey, M., Naftalin, L. & Watson, J. (2005). Effects of computer based intervention using acoustically modified speech (FastForWord Language®) in severe mixed receptive-expressive language impairment: outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 48, 3, 715-729. (Authors by institution: Edinburgh University, Strathclyde University, NHS Lothian, then each institution abc by author).