Tara McAllister has several updates on her research on technology-enhanced speech treatments to support children with speech sound disorders.
Conference Keynote Address
Associate Professor Tara McAllister gave a keynote address to the 18th biennial conference of the International Phonetics and Linguistics Association. Her talk, entitled "Biofeedback intervention for speech sound disorder: Who gets access, who responds, and why?" synthesized a decade of research on technology-enhanced speech treatment and pointed to new directions for expanding access to biofeedback, including service delivery via telepractice.
National Institutes of Health Project (NIH) Grant Program (R01)
The NIH R01 award run through PRIISM was awarded $268,779 in an administrative supplement under the program "Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations to Improve the AI/ML-Readiness of NIH-Supported Data." This was one of fifty awards across all the NIH institutes. Together with partners at Syracuse University, this project will lay groundwork for the development of automated speech recognition tools for children with speech sound disorder. We will modify and augment an existing corpus of acoustic recordings of child speech and test an algorithm for automated classification of productions as accurate or inaccurate.
The same project has been fortunate to be able to bring back an outstanding alumna of our undergraduate program, Samantha Ayala, in an NIH administrative supplement to increase diversity in health-related research. Samantha will be working as a research clinician on our NIH R01 project "Biofeedback-Enhanced Treatment for Speech Sound Disorder: Randomized Controlled Trial and Delineation of Sensorimotor Subtypes" and also conducting an independent research project.
New Article in American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. McAllister and colleagues co-authored an article titled "Comparing Biofeedback Types for Children With Residual /ɹ/ Errors in American English: A Single-Case Randomization Design" in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.