ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Exploring speech therapy games with children on the autism spectrum

Mohammed E. Hoque, Joseph K. Lane, Rana el Kaliouby, Matthew Goodwin, Rosalind W. Picard

Individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulties producing intelligible speech with either high or low speech rate, and atypical pitch and/or amplitude affect. In this study, we present a novel intervention towards customizing speech enabled games to help them produce intelligible speech. In this approach, we clinically and computationally identify the areas of speech production difficulties of our participants. We provide an interactive and customized interface for the participants to meaningfully manipulate the prosodic aspects of their speech. Over the course of 12 months, we have conducted several pilots to set up the experimental design, developed a suite of games and audio processing algorithms for prosodic analysis of speech. Preliminary results demonstrate our intervention being engaging and effective for our participants.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-445

Cite as: Hoque, M.E., Lane, J.K., Kaliouby, R.e., Goodwin, M., Picard, R.W. (2009) Exploring speech therapy games with children on the autism spectrum. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 1455-1458, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-445

  author={Mohammed E. Hoque and Joseph K. Lane and Rana el Kaliouby and Matthew Goodwin and Rosalind W. Picard},
  title={{Exploring speech therapy games with children on the autism spectrum}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},