Social robotics in therapy of apraxia of speech

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Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder in which messages from the brain to the mouth are disrupted, resulting in an inability for moving lips or tongue to the right place to pronounce sounds correctly. Current therapies for this condition involve a therapist that in one-on-one sessions conducts the exercises. Our aim is to work in the line of robotic therapies in which a robot is able to perform partially or autonomously a therapy session, endowing a social robot with the ability of assisting therapists in apraxia of speech rehabilitation exercises. Therefore, we integrate computer vision and machine learning techniques to detect the mouth pose of the user and, on top of that, our social robot performs autonomously the different steps of the therapy using multimodal interaction.
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Castillo, J. C., Álvarez-Fernández, D., Alonso-Martín, F., Marques-Villarroya, S., & Salichs, M. A. (2018). Social Robotics in Therapy of Apraxia of Speech. Journal of Healthcare Engineering 2018, pp. 1-11. 11 pages,