Using a Computer as a Feedback Device (CCC#4)

In this clinical application of computers, the computer provides additional feedback to the client under the supervision of the clinician. The most common behaviors being learned pertain to articulation, resonance, or voice parameters. For example, the computer might display a graphic that responds to the client’s changes in pitch. If it happens in real time, this is called “biofeedback..” This means that the computer responds while the client is speaking, and the client can manipulate the feedback by changing behavior. Sometimes this is dramatically more effective than after-the-fact feedback from the clinician. However, there are important technical considerations and close monitoring required for success. Competent clinicians will take time to learn how their particular speech or voice analysis software/hardware system works and how it should be configured to best meet the needs of each client.

Based on content from:
Cochran, P. S. (2005). Clinical computing competency for speech-language pathologists. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

For further reading also consider:
Massaro, D. W., & Light, J. (2004). Using visible speech to train perception and production of speech for individuals with hearing loss. Journal of Speech-Language- Hearing Research, 47, 304 - 320.


© 2006-2007 Paula S. Cochran, Ph.D., CCCSLP