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Social Robots in the Stuttering Clinic: A Human-Centred Exploration with Speech Language Pathologists

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This research aims to explore the feasibility of integrating social robots as a tool for speech-language pathologists in stuttering intervention. This research followed an exploratory, human-centred approach leveraging the Double Diamond Design Process Model. In this study, we employed co-design tools, including a survey, one-to-one semi-structured expert interviews and a focus group to understand challenges frequently reported by speech-language pathologists and discuss opportunities for social robots to face some of these challenges. The qualitative results of our study revealed five major themes, pointing towards several avenues for social robots to aid speech-language pathologists and their clients over the course of a stuttering intervention program.


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    The clients, in the context of this paper, are people who stutter and who receive speech therapy from SLPs.

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    Clear speech is a form of overt production that is more understandable to unfamiliar and familiar listeners and is expected to involve distinct articulatory movements.

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    A guessing game where a player (an SLP) chooses an object within sight and announces to another player (a client) naming the first letter of the object. The client attempt to guess this object.


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This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding from the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program.

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Chandra, S., Loucks, T., Castaneda, G.C., Dautenhahn, K. (2022). Social Robots in the Stuttering Clinic: A Human-Centred Exploration with Speech Language Pathologists. In: Cavallo, F., et al. Social Robotics. ICSR 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 13818. Springer, Cham.

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