Visuospatial training has positive effect on language abilities in children with Delirium diagnoses and inclusion of delirium-specific

S. Kiselev
2021 European psychiatry  
IntroductionIt was shown that children with specific language impairments (SLI) have deficits not only in producing and understanding language but also in visuospatial abilities (Kiselev et al., 2016). We assume that training programs that are aimed to develop the visuospatial abilities can help children with SLI.ObjectivesThe goal of this study was to assess the impact of visuospatial training on the language abilities in 6–7 years old children with SLI.MethodsThe participants were 20 children
more » ... aged 6–7 years with SLI. Children were randomly assigned to the intervention and comparison group. Children from intervention group participated in 8 weeks of visuospatial training. This programme trains the child to do different visuospatial exercises both on motor and cognitive level. This programme is built on the conceptual framework derived from the work of Luria's theory of restoration of neurocognitive functions (Luria, 1963, 1974). We used the subtests from Luria's child neuropsychological assessment battery to assess language abilities in children before and after the intervention period.ResultsAnalysis of covariance tested the effect of visuospatial training programme on five language subtest from Luria's child neuropsychological assessment battery. Group differences (p<.05) were found for subtest that assess understanding prepositions that describe the spatial relations between objects. Posttest mean for the intervention group were significantly (p<.05) greater than the control group.ConclusionsIt can be assumed that visuospatial training in children with SLI benefits specific language abilities for understanding sentences with spatial prepositions.
doi:10.1192/j.eurpsy.2021.1342 fatcat:gorjkesolbchra4q37d7zytrpu