Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford
Computerised methods have potential for training children’s language skills by presenting a large number of trials with feedback in a game-like format, and adapting to the level of performance. In a previous study, we trained comprehension of a) new vocabulary and b) reversible sentences to show that children with developmental language disorder (DLD) learned at a similar rate to younger language-matched children. We are now extending this approach to online administration via the Gorilla platform. I will demonstrate our first foray using this method for a student project conducted by Nicole Tan Li Ning, co-supervised by Adam Parker. We were able to demonstrate learning, but found no difference between blocked and interleaved presentation of vocabulary and sentence items for typically-developing children. Children enjoy the tasks, so it is possible to test large numbers to tune test presentation to optimise learning. We are currently exploring an extension to clinical groups.