The BioVisualSpeech Serious Game with Voice Exercises for People with Parkinson's Disease with Hypokinetic Dysarthria

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Abstract

People with Parkinson's disease (PD) can have dysarthria, a voice disorder that affects speech intelligibility. To fight this disorder people may resort to speech and language therapy. Unfortunately, weekly speech therapy sessions may not be enough, because to achieve and maintain good voice quality, intensive training is required. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to the need for alternative speech therapy treatments that complement face-to-face appointments. Here, we propose a serious therapy game to improve voice loudness that can be used for intensive therapy or when face-to-face appointments are not possible. The game integrates three voice exercises used in speech therapy sessions for people with PD and aims to provide motivation for patients to perform the exercises on a daily basis. This application evaluates the vocal intensity, vocal frequency and maximum phonation time, offering real-time visual feedback. It also allows pathologists to customize the exercises difficulty to the needs of each patient.

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
Pages919-923
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 - 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
Abbreviated titleMEDINFO 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/10/214/10/21

Keywords

  • Parkinson's disease
  • speech and language therapy
  • voice disorders

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