Q: a dad asks, any ideas on a PC based video system for speech therapy?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Matt Matt, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Matt Matt

    Matt Matt Guest

    Hi,
    My google searches on the topic of video methods and editing tools have
    led me here. No speech specialists I have found have any ideas on this
    topic.

    I have a deaf son, he is 8. He has had a cochlear implant for the past
    two years to give him a sense of hearing. He needs therapy in this
    area, to assist with hearing, and to learn to talk. In some ways, he
    is like a 2 year old when it comes to hearing. He never had the "goo
    goo ga ga" phase of childhood development.

    The CI is an electronic system which essentially bypasses the eardrum
    to provide electrical stimulation of the nerves of the cochlea, which
    then drive the brain.

    In the past, I have tried to assist with therapy for my son with the
    use of a video camera and a TV, so he can see and hear himself trying
    to talk. In realtime, the image on screen is too soon, and
    using a VCR is too delayed.

    He fingerspells to me that his voice is stuck, and I want to help
    him, and I was thinking this:
    - use a PC
    - use a camera hooked to it
    - have it play back with a 3 second delay to the PC screen

    My google searches have not been fruitful. Do you have any ideas on
    the PC HW & SW to make this happen?

    thanks,
    Matt in Massachusetts
     
    Matt Matt, Oct 22, 2006
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    marks542004 Guest


    I did some speech therapy as a kid and what we used was more like an
    occiloscope trace.

    The therapist said a word or phrase and that left one trace of the
    waveform, then I would repeat it and compare the trace. Certain sounds
    like a clear S, th and such would make a distinct difference.

    I dont know of any off-the-shelf software that does that .

    I am surprised that a speech therapist would not know of everything on
    the market.


    this site may be of some help, but a lot of the software is very
    expensive.

    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/eli/softlist/listv.html
     
    marks542004, Oct 22, 2006
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    Don't almost all audio editing applications display the sampled sound as
    an "oscilloscope trace"? For example, here's my first name as displayed
    by Audacity, an open-sourced, free audio editor:

    <http://www.saunalahti.fi/jukka-waveform.png>

    Audacity can be downloaded here:

    <http://audacity.sourceforge.net/>

    ....or if the above links don't work, here:

    <http://www.download.com/Audacity/3000-2170_4-10058117.html>

    Some other tools, such as Adobe Audition, have a special "spectral view"
    display mode which might reveal even more about the "signature" of
    correctly enunciated words. Here's my name again in "spectral view":

    <http://www.saunalahti.fi/jukka-spectral.png>

    I don't know if there are any free tools out there that would have this
    "spectral view" mode.
     
    Jukka Aho, Oct 22, 2006
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    Jukka Aho, Oct 22, 2006
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    MrAnalogy Guest

    Have you tried just MIRROR THERAPY, where you hold the mirror up so he
    can see his face. It doesn't have the delay you mentioned, but it's
    simple, easy and free. Worth a try. It's a common Speech therapy
    technique for articulation training.



    There are a couple of programs I've seen that could help with this.

    SPEECH PRISM
    -For Articulation, pronounciation, etc.
    This program was developed to teach deaf children how to speak. It
    shows them a spetragraph of thier voice. You can also recorde model
    sounds so they can view thier spectragram and the model spectragram.
    This is very helful if the child can not distinguish, by hearing alone,
    when they are saying sounds correctly.
    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/speechprism.htm

    SPEECH SOUNDS ON CUE
    Teach patients how to make sounds and say words, using
    short movie clips, sound, and pictures.

    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/ssoc.htm



    SIGHTS'N SOUNDS
    -For articulation, pronounciation, & Word Retrieval
    Shows a word and/or picture and/or speaks word.
    Patient responds by speaking the word, then hears
    her voice and the model sound for comparison.

    This is helpful to just have the patient say a word /sound and then
    hear it with the model sound for comparison.They need to be able to
    distinguish when the two sounds are similar.

    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/sights.htm

    You can download free, fully functional trials of these from:
    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/downloadfiles.htm



    Disclaimer: I created some of the above programs and I work for a
    company that distributes all of them.

    -Clay
    MrAnalogy AT gmail.com
     
    MrAnalogy, Oct 23, 2006
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  6. Matt Matt

    MrAnalogy Guest

    Have you tried just MIRROR THERAPY, where you hold the mirror up so he
    can see his face. It doesn't have the delay you mentioned, but it's
    simple, easy and free. Worth a try. It's a common Speech therapy
    technique for articulation training.



    There are a couple of programs I've seen that could help with this.

    SPEECH PRISM
    -For Articulation, pronounciation, etc.
    This program was developed to teach deaf children how to speak. It
    shows them a spetragraph of thier voice. You can also recorde model
    sounds so they can view thier spectragram and the model spectragram.
    This is very helful if the child can not distinguish, by hearing alone,
    when they are saying sounds correctly.
    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/speechprism.htm

    SPEECH SOUNDS ON CUE
    Teach patients how to make sounds and say words, using
    short movie clips, sound, and pictures.

    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/ssoc.htm



    SIGHTS'N SOUNDS
    -For articulation, pronounciation, & Word Retrieval
    Shows a word and/or picture and/or speaks word.
    Patient responds by speaking the word, then hears
    her voice and the model sound for comparison.

    This is helpful to just have the patient say a word /sound and then
    hear it with the model sound for comparison.They need to be able to
    distinguish when the two sounds are similar.

    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/sights.htm

    You can download free, fully functional trials of these from:
    http://www.BungalowSoftware.com/downloadfiles.htm



    Disclaimer: I created some of the above programs and I work for a
    company that distributes all of them.

    -Clay
    MrAnalogy AT gmail.com
     
    MrAnalogy, Oct 23, 2006
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