SPELTRA: A robotic assistant for speech-and-language therapy

Vladimir Robles-Bykbaev, Martín López-Nores, Juan Ochoa-Zambrano, Jorge García-Duque, José Juan Pazos-Arias

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Abstract

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) is an area focused on the rehabilitation of people suffering from different kinds of disorders and disabilities related with language and communication. According to latest estimates of the World Health Organization, most countries do not have appropriate structures to provide healthcare and rehabilitation services for those people. This problem becomes more complex on developing countries, due the lack of professionals and ICT-based tools to support the several activities that must be performed by the Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs). On those grounds, this paper presents a robotic assistant with the aim to help SLPs during the therapy activities. This approach is based on an integrative environment that relies on mobile ICT tools, an expert system, a knowledge layer and standardized vocabularies. This proposal has been tested on 26 children suffering from different kind of disabilities, and the results achieved have shown important improvements in some activities related with SLT like reduction of the time required to prepare patients for therapy, and better response of children to perform tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPELTRA: A robotic assistant for speech-and-language therapy
Pages525-534
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319206837
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) - , Spain
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9177
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

ConferenceLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Country/TerritorySpain
Period1/01/10 → …

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