Free software for disorders of human communication

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© 2015, Universidad del Rosario. All rights reserved.Introduction: New technologies are increasingly used by the health sector for its implementation in therapeutic interventions. However, in the case of speech therapists, there are many unknown free software-based tools which could support their daily work. This paper summarizes fourteen free software-based tools that can support interventions in early stimulation, assessment and control of voice and speech, several resources for augmentative and alternative communication and tools that facilitate access to the computer. Materials and methods: The information presented here is the result of a general review of software-based tools designed to treat human communication disorders. Criteria for inclusion and exclusion were established to select tools and these were installed and tested. Results: 22 tools were found and 14 were selected and classified in these categories: Early stimulation and capture attention, acoustic signal processing of voice, speech processing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Other; the latter includes tools for access to the computer without the need for advanced computer skills. Discussion: The set of tools discussed in this paper provides free computer-based tools to therapists in order to help their interventions, additionally, promotes the improvement of computer skills so necessary in today’s society of professionals.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalRevista Ciencias de la Salud
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

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Free software for disorders of human communication. / Rodríguez Dueñas, William Ricardo.

In: Revista Ciencias de la Salud, 03.07.2015, p. 271-284.

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