FunSpeech : promoting speech production in young children with hearing disabilities

Gluck, Florent (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Chassot, Sébastien (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Liatti, Steven (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Domingos, Ana (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Polla, Michaël (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Valentini, Gregory (Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Roman d'Implants Cochléaires - CURIC, Genève, Switzerland) ; Deriaz, Marielle (Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Romand d'Implants Cochléaires - CURIC, Genève, switzerland) ; Bétrancourt, Mireille (Unité TECFA, Université de Genève, Genève, Switzerland) ; Perez, Angelica (Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Romand d'Implants Cochléaires - CURIC, Genève, Switzerland)

Today, deaf-born infants can be implanted with cochlear implants as early as six months after birth. Studies have shown that early speech practice leads to drmatically improved pronunciation and elocution. We developed FunSpeech, a "serious game" that aims to help very young implanted children to improve their speech production skills by frequent practice. FunSpeech provides an engaging and playful experience that motivates children to practice their speech autonomously as frequently as possible. Signal processing algorithms and classification methods were developed to identify meaningful sounds, volume levels, and first speech sounds. Most games have been tested with good preliminary results in a control population of normal hearing children. This indicates that FunSpeech has the potential to successfully fulfill the gap in applications targeting speech-production skills in very young implanted children.


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Conference Type:
short paper
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEPIA - Genève
Institute:
Aucun institut
inIT - Institut d'Ingénierie Informatique et des Télécommunications
Publisher:
Delémont, HE-Arc, HES-SO
Date:
2019-07
Delémont
HE-Arc, HES-SO
Pagination:
4 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of the 4th Gamification & Serious Games Symposium (GSGS 19)
Numeration (vol. no.):
no.18 , pp. 85-88
ISBN:
978-2-940387-24-3
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