A Speech Clinic System for Children with Communication Disorder

A Speech Clinic System for Children with Communication Disorder

Muhammad Sarfraz, Maha S. Almutairi, Zahraa A. Jasem
DOI: 10.4018/IJEACH.2020010109
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This research proposes, designs, and implements a new telehealth system. It is a Speech Clinic System (SCS) for children with communication disorders. It provides an online automated alternate to the traditional manual treatment processes for children with communication disorder. The proposed SCS provides an easy way for parents to be in touch with the speech-language pathologist, check their child progress, make an appointment, follow guidelines, and choose therapy exercises. The structure of the system has been designed to automate parts of the treatment process. To achieve the targeted system, in addition to investigating the latest studies in this area, the needed data was collected through interviews and searching about the treatment process of children with communication disorder. The system, as a special case, has been oriented for the Arabic speaking communities (specially state of Kuwait) to improve its healthcare sector. However, it can be easily oriented to fulfill the needs of other countries with some variation of language and other local requirements.
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Communication disorder is “an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems” (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1993). It encompasses a wide variety of impairment in language, speech, and hearing. Impairments in speech and language include voice disorders, articulation problems, aphasia, fluency problems, and delays in speech and/or language. Impairments in hearing include deafness and partial hearing. Communication disorder could also result from learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, or cleft lip or cleft palate (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1993).

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