Katherine Gordon awarded NIH grant
Katherine Gordon, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, was awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for her project entitled "Long-Term Retention of Words by Children with Language Impairment."
Project description: There is robust evidence that impaired short-term and working memory are primary barriers to word learning for individuals with LI. However, we lack an understanding of potential retention deficits, as the ability to retain taught material is rarely measured weeks, months, or years post-training. Relatedly, training strategies have differential effects on short-term and long-term retention for children with typical development (TD). However, we know little about how these strategies affect children with LI as long-term retention is rarely assessed. Given the time that clinicians, parents, and children invest in interventions and their potential lifelong benefits, it is essential that we determine the most effective and efficient training strategies to foster long-term retention of children with LI. To address these gaps in the knowledge base, the broad objective of this research program is to improve the retention, generalization, and integration of words for children with LI. The current project focuses on understanding and improving retention through the following specific aims. 1-To compare learning and forgetting rates of words by children with and without LI, and 2-To identify the aspects of training that enhance long-term retention of words by children with LI.