The 1st Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI2008)

Chania, Crete, Greece
October 23, 2008

Towards Monitoring of Children’s Speech - A Case Study

Andreas Maier (1), Maria Schuster (1), Elmar Nöth (2)

(1) Abteilung für Phoniatrie und Pädaudiologie; (2) Lehrstuhl für Mustererkennung;
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

For speech disorders, state-of-the-art assessment is performed mainly perceptive. This causes a lot of effort. Speech processing techniques are applicable to perform an automatic and observer-independent evaluation of the speech intelligibility. High agreement between human raters and the automatic evaluation method were found. In this study we investigate, whether the automatic evaluation system is also suitable to perform speech intelligibility follow-up. Speech data of six children with cleft lip and palate (CLP) were investigated with one year in between. The results show that the annual improvement in these children was in the same range as in the the age-matched control group on average. The automatic evaluation is in agreement with perceptual evaluation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Maier, Andreas / Schuster, Maria / Nöth, Elmar (2008): "Towards monitoring of children²s speech - a case study", In WOCCI-2008, paper 08.