Architecture of an automated therapy tool for childhood apraxia of speech

Avinash Parnandi, Virendra Karappa, Youngpyo Son, Mostafa Shahin, Jacqueline McKechnie, Kirrie Ballard, Beena Ahmed, Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna

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Abstract

We present a multi-tier system for the remote administration of speech therapy to children with apraxia of speech. The system uses a client-server architecture model and facilitates task-oriented remote therapeutic training in both in-home and clinical settings. Namely, the system allows a speech therapist to remotely assign speech production exercises to each child through a web interface, and the child to practice these exercises on a mobile device. The mobile app records the child's utterances and streams them to a back-end server for automated scoring by a speech-analysis engine. The therapist can then review the individual recordings and the automated scores through a web interface, provide feedback to the child, and adapt the training program as needed. We validated the system through a pilot study with children diagnosed with apraxia of speech, and their parents and speech therapists. Here we describe the overall client-server architecture, middleware tools used to build the system, the speech-analysis tools for automatic scoring of recorded utterances, and results from the pilot study. Our results support the feasibility of the system as a complement to traditional face-to-face therapy through the use of mobile tools and automated speech analysis algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013
PublisherACM Publishing
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450324052
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 - Bellevue, WA, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201323 Oct 2013

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Conference15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityBellevue, WA
Period21/10/1323/10/13

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Parnandi, A., Karappa, V., Son, Y., Shahin, M., McKechnie, J., Ballard, K., ... Gutierrez-Osuna, R. (2013). Architecture of an automated therapy tool for childhood apraxia of speech. In Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 (pp. 1-8). [5] ACM Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1145/2513383.2513450