Title

TalkBetter: Family-driven Mobile Intervention Care for Children with Language Delay

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

2-2014

Abstract

Language delay is a developmental problem of children who do not acquire language as expected for their chronological ages. Without timely intervention, language delay can act as a lifelong risk factor. Speech-language pathologists highlight that effective parent participation in everyday parent-child conversation is important to treat children's language delay. For effective roles, however, parents need to alter their own lifelong-established conversation habits, requiring extensive period of conscious effort and staying alert. In this paper, we present new opportunities for mobile and social computing to reinforce everyday parent-child conversation with therapeutic implications for children with language delays. Specifically, we propose TalkBetter, a mobile in-situ intervention service to help parents in daily parent-child conversation through real-time meta-linguistic analysis of ongoing conversations. Through extensive field studies with speech-language pathologists and parents, we report the multilateral motivations and implications of TalkBetter. We present our development of TalkBetter prototype and report its performance evaluation.

Keywords

Language delay, speech-language pathology, mobile, children, parent, smartphone, conversation, turn-taking, insitu intervention, everyday life

Discipline

Medicine and Health Sciences | Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

CSCW '14: Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing: February 15-19, 2014, Baltimore, MD

First Page

1283

Last Page

1296

ISBN

9781450325400

Identifier

10.1145/2531602.2531668

Publisher

ACM

City or Country

New York

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2531602.2531668