Feasibility of automated speech sample collection with stuttering children using interactive voice response (IVR) technology

The authors sought to investigate the feasibility of adopting automated interactive voice response (IVR) technology for remotely capturing standardized speech samples from stuttering children. An automated IVR system was implemented using an off-the-shelf telephony software program and delivered by a standard desktop computer. The authors reported a high level of relative reliability in terms of intra-class correlation between the video and telephone acquired samples on all outcome measures during the conversation task. Findings were less consistent for speech samples during picture description and games. The authors suggested that IVR technology can be used successfully to automate remote capture of child speech samples.

Vogel, Adam P., Block, Susan, Kefalianos, Elaina, Onslow, Mark., Eadie, Patricia, Barth, Ben, Conway, Mundt, James C., and Reilly, Shenna. (2014). Feasibility of automated speech sample collection with stuttering children using interactive voice response (IVR) technology. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 0 0:0, 106

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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