Voice Assistants for Speech Therapy

Ling Qiu, Saeed Abdullah

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Abstract

Many individuals with speech disorders are unable to access speech therapies due to a lack of trained professionals and available resources. To address this issue, there has been an increased focus on using eHealth technologies for remote therapy delivery. For example, there exists a number of mobile applications that aim to deliver different speech therapy exercises (e.g., listening to an audio prompt and repeating it). However, current approaches often are not able to provide personalized feedback or adapt to users' unique needs. Such limitations can impede skill development for practical communications. Furthermore, the current approaches might not support therapeutic alliance - a key factor in determining speech therapy outcomes. In this challenge paper, we explore how voice assistants (VAs) can potentially enable remote delivery of speech therapies at scale. We also describe design challenges that need to be addressed before VAs can be used to deliver speech therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC 2021 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2021 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages211-214
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384612
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2021
Event2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2021 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Sep 21 2021Sep 25 2021

Publication series

NameUbiComp/ISWC 2021 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2021 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Conference

Conference2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2021 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period9/21/219/25/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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