SPELTA: An expert system to generate therapy plans for speech and language disorders

This paper presents an expert system designed to provide support in that labor by automatically generating therapy plans containing semiannual activities in the areas of hearing, oral structure and function, linguistic formulation, expressive language + articulation, and receptive language. The system relies on an implementation of the Partition Around Medoids

algorithm to generate clusters of subject profiles with two levels of granularity, first considering broad diagnosis terms and medical conditions, and then looking at the specific communication skills affected. The authors report that the two-level clustering is a crucial feature to tell apart individuals who have similar speech–language limitations, but arising from different medical conditions and requiring different treatment.

Robles-Bykbaev, Vladimir, Lopez-Norez, Martin, Pazos-Arias, Jose J., and Arevalo-Lucero, Daysi. (2015). SPELTA: An expert system to generate therapy plans for speech and language disorders. Expert Systems with Applications. doi:10.1016/j.eswa.2015.06.011

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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