Customizable Serious Speech Therapy Games with Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment for Children with Sigmatism

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Abstract

Children with speech sound disorders should attend speech and language therapy and should practice the speech exercises regularly to surpass their speech difficulties. Since doing the speech exercises often may be tedious, there is the need to motivate children to practice them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, speech and language pathologists had the need to adapt their procedures to others with less physical contact. Here, we propose two serious games to motivate children with sigmatism on doing the speech exercises, which can be used at home and during face-to-face and online speech therapy sessions. The games use automatic speech recognition to classify speech productions. Visual and auditory feedback are used to help children understand their performance, and a hint system is used to help them perform the exercises correctly. A dynamic difficulty adjustment system is used to change the level of difficulty according to the child's speech performance in previous trials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2021
Subtitle of host publicationOne World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation - Proceedings of the 18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsPaula Otero, Philip Scott, Susan Z. Martin, Elaine Huesing
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages924-928
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-265-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-264-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Event18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics: One World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation, MEDINFO 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2 Oct 20214 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press BV
Volume290
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics: One World, One Health - Global Partnership for Digital Innovation, MEDINFO 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/10/214/10/21

Keywords

  • dynamic difficulty adjustment
  • Serious therapy games
  • speech and language therapy

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