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Revista Psicopedagogia

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VARANDA, Cristina de Andrade et al. Multitouch tablet applications for ennhancing vocabulary, central auditory processing and prosocial skills among preschoolers. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.98, pp. 136-149. ISSN 0103-8486.

This research aimed to detect and intervene in difficulties of language and behavior in four-year old children, attending preschools to prevent future problems such as academic underachievement. 195 children were evaluated in behavior, 193 in expressive and receptive vocabulary and 187 in central auditory processing. So, 88 constitute the experimental group and were engaged in an intervention for the development and refinement of language and behavior through activities developed in software used in tablets and orientation provided to their parents and teachers by a professional team of speech therapists, psychologists and psycho pedagogues. The other 99 children constitute the control group. Post-test phase took place in the beginning of 2015. For the development and refinement of vocabulary, central auditory processing and pro-social behavior skills, a set of activities based on applications that run on multitouch tablets were used and categorized into games; interactive touch books; characters responding or repeating the children`s speech; discriminating and classifying different sounds and tasks on dealing with emotions and feelings. During the intervention phase, after each session, the children provided us with feedback on the applications used. Their parents were also asked to comment, through a semi-structured questionnaire, on possible changes or improvements regarding children's language and behavioral skills. So far, their feedback and our observations suggest these activities increased pro-social behaviors such as collaboration and augmented appreciation for social activities, and provided children with novel forms of expression encompassing vocabulary and auditory discrimination skills.

Palavras-chave : Language; Behavior; Evaluation; Technology.

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