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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Nov 2013|
|Event||15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 - Bellevue, WA, United States|
Duration: 21 Oct 2013 → 23 Oct 2013
|Conference||15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013|
|Period||21/10/13 → 23/10/13|