Assessing stuttering with novel technology: A comparison of two approaches
Jaime L. Thomas, Misericordia University, United States
Misericordia University . Awarded
Traditional methods in the analysis of stuttering include live, through audio recordings, and with Video Cassette Recordings (VCR). With advancements in technology, it is necessary to research novel methods to determine if current techniques can be improved. The purpose of this research is to determine if a novel digital video-capture technology—the Landro Play Analyzer (LPA) is more efficient than regular VCR in identifying stuttering disfluencies and secondary behaviors and in decreasing time spent in analysis. Ten speech-language pathology graduate students participated in the study. They were divided into a LPA and VCR group. Participants were trained to analyze a speech sample for disfluencies and secondary behaviors. Participants were then trained to use either the LPA or VCR system. Each participant then analyzed the experimental video sample of disfluent speech to determine which method of analysis was more efficient in identifying stuttering and secondary behaviors. Results indicate that the LPA group was more efficient than the VCR group in identifying secondary behaviors; however, no significant difference was noted for identification of disfluencies or time spent in analysis.
Thomas, J.L. Assessing stuttering with novel technology: A comparison of two approaches. Master's thesis, Misericordia University.
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