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Exploring digital therapy for child language disorder

Developed at: Cardiff, 25 — 26 Jan 2020

CC BY-NC Paul Clarke


Interactive therapy = greater engagement. We digitised a paper-based therapy for child language disorder using sounds, images and videos


10% of ALL children present with a language disorder affecting how they express wants, needs and ideas. It is more common than autism or ADHD. Research shows that children with language difficulties are motivated by tech but rarely exposed to it in therapy.


We aimed to digitise a therapy approach known as word-webs which is well researched and has been popular since the 70s. It is based on mind-mapping principles, i.e. strengthening the link between word sound and meaning. Tech enables multi-sensory learning, easier sharing, greater accessibility.

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