Use of Technology as an Innovative Approach to Non-Linguistic Cognitive Therapy

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  • Title: Use of Technology as an Innovative Approach to Non-Linguistic Cognitive Therapy
  • Author(s): Manon Robillard, Chantal Mayer-Crittenden
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Technologies in Learning
  • Keywords: Technology, Cognition, Primary Language Impairment (PLI)
  • Volume: 20
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2327-0144 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2686 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0144/CGP/v20i01/49128
  • Citation: Robillard, Manon, and Chantal Mayer-Crittenden. 2014. "Use of Technology as an Innovative Approach to Non-Linguistic Cognitive Therapy." The International Journal of Technologies in Learning 20 (1): 81-96. doi:10.18848/2327-0144/CGP/v20i01/49128.
  • Extent: 16 pages

Abstract

The relationship between cognitive abilities and linguistic competencies in children has been documented, with multiple studies demonstrating that subtle cognitive weakness can contribute to language learning difficulties. Furthermore, recent research has revealed that cognitive intervention can improve the linguistic abilities of children who have a primary language impairment (PLI). This progression in communication function would be due to improved access to stored information. The goal of this article is to discuss how the use of technology such as the iPad and its plethora of relevant applications (apps), could be a useful tool within the non-linguistic cognitive approach. Moreover, a new model of language intervention using technology to increase cognitive skills has been proposed. Applications designed to increase working memory, sustained attention, and processing speed are increasingly available. Since many of these apps are available as games, they offer promising results due to their motivating characteristic, as much for the children using them as for their parents looking for a new method of treatment. This innovative approach could produce positive results; even improve children’s language skills more rapidly than traditional approaches.