Mouth Matters: Scientific and Clinical Applications of Speech Movement Analysis New techniques for recording and analyzing speech movements have the potential to radically change existing approaches to speech assessment and management. Advances in motion capture hardware and software are now enabling a critical mass of researchers to comprehensively investigate speech motor performance in healthy and disordered populations. Although this technology ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2015
Mouth Matters: Scientific and Clinical Applications of Speech Movement Analysis
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  • Jordan R. Green
    MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • Disclosures: Financial: Jordan Green has no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosures: Financial: Jordan Green has no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: This manuscript is a companion paper to the Zemlin Memorial Lecture given at the 2014 Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
    Nonfinancial: This manuscript is a companion paper to the Zemlin Memorial Lecture given at the 2014 Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2015
Mouth Matters: Scientific and Clinical Applications of Speech Movement Analysis
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2015, Vol. 25, 6-16. doi:10.1044/ssod25.1.6
History: Received March 23, 2015 , Revised May 7, 2015 , Accepted May 7, 2015
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2015, Vol. 25, 6-16. doi:10.1044/ssod25.1.6
History: Received March 23, 2015; Revised May 7, 2015; Accepted May 7, 2015

New techniques for recording and analyzing speech movements have the potential to radically change existing approaches to speech assessment and management. Advances in motion capture hardware and software are now enabling a critical mass of researchers to comprehensively investigate speech motor performance in healthy and disordered populations. Although this technology is currently almost exclusively used for research, promising clinical applications are now emerging. In this paper, I briefly discuss the technological progression of current technologies used to record speech movements. I also highlight research in the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab that is exploring ways to leverage this technology to assist with the assessment and management of motor speech disorders.

Acknowledgements
This research was partially supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD) R03 D004643, R01 DC006463, R01 DC009890, and R01 DC0135470. The author would like to thank Brian Richburg and Daniel Kim for their assistance with manuscript preparation and the following colleagues, students, and mentors who have contributed significantly to this work: James Berry, Ericka Bueno, Thomas Campbell, Kimber Green, Tiffany Hogan, Jenya Iuzzini, Mili Kuruvilla, Antje Medford, Christopher Moore, Ignatius Nip, Gary Pattee, Bridget Perry, Bohdan Pomahac, Panying Rong, Ashok Samal, Warren Sanger, Lawrence Shriberg, Meg Simione, Lori Synhorst, Anusha Thomas, Jun Wang, Gary Weismer, Erin Wilson, Yana Yunusova, and Lorne Zinman.
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