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Automated assessment and treatment of speech rate and intonation in dysarthria

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252366,
        author={Heidi Martens and Tomas Dekens and Lukas Latacz and Gwen Van Nuffelen and Werner Verhelst and Marc De Bodt},
        title={Automated assessment and treatment of speech rate and intonation in dysarthria},
        proceedings={ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={REHAB},
        year={2013},
        month={5},
        keywords={dysarthria speech rate intonation sentence modality automated assessment automated treatment},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252366}
    }
    
  • Heidi Martens
    Tomas Dekens
    Lukas Latacz
    Gwen Van Nuffelen
    Werner Verhelst
    Marc De Bodt
    Year: 2013
    Automated assessment and treatment of speech rate and intonation in dysarthria
    REHAB
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252366
Heidi Martens1,*, Tomas Dekens2, Lukas Latacz2, Gwen Van Nuffelen1, Werner Verhelst2, Marc De Bodt1
  • 1: Rehabilitation Center for Communication Disorders, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium
  • 2: Department of Electronics and Informatics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Elsene, Belgium
*Contact email: heidi.martens@edpnet.be

Abstract

Prosody assessment and treatment in dysarthria is clinically relevant, since prosodic impairment can have a negative impact on speech intelligibility and thus on participation in daily life conversation. We propose a speech-technology based software tool that provides automated numerical and visual feedback on two important aspects of prosody: speech rate and intonation. The tool includes speech rate and intonation algorithms, both specifically developed for the analysis of Dutch dysarthric speech. The tool enables speech-language pathologists to obtain objective measures of these prosodic aspects in a standardized and fast way, and enables dysarthric speakers to practise their prosodic skills intensively without the presence of a speech-language pathologist being required.