Special Issue "Profiles of Dysarthria: Clinical Assessment and Treatment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.
Interests: neurophonetics; motor speech disorders; dysarthria; apraxia of speech; aphasia; childhood dysarthria; clinical assessment; phonological impairment
Interests: neurophonetics; motor speech disorders; apraxia of speech; dysarthria; primary progressive aphasia; primary progressive apraxia of speech; clinical assessment
Recent decades have seen a wealth of theoretical and proof-of-principle works on dysarthria, including descriptions of dysarthric speech patterns and their classification, new assessment methods, and intervention trials.
This Special Issue looks at where we are today in terms of translating this knowledge into clinical practice. Since the 1930s, when the first oscillograms displaying “phonetic disintegration” symptoms were published, a vast number of papers presenting acoustic patterns of dysarthria appeared, but it is has not been sufficiently clear until today how their promise can be realized in daily clinical practice. Since the 1970s, increasingly sophisticated electronic devices have been introduced to study the speech movement characteristics of dysarthria, but the “physiologic approach” that has been promoted is still not firmly established in clinical care. Equally long ago, Darley’s group provided us with an inventory of auditory-perceptual descriptors of dysarthric speech, but little work has yet been done to compensate for the psychometric downsides of this approach and implement it as a reliable standard in clinical assessment.
This Issue aims to bring together the threads of these developments, with a perspective to discuss their potentials and their specific roles in the daily clinical work of speech-language pathologists or neurologists.
We invite original translational works as well as review papers on the following areas:
- Auditory-perceptual, acoustic, or physiologic parameters in the assessment of dysarthria profiles and the measurement of severity, monitoring of change, or classification;
- Implementation issues and the role of digital health technologies, including machine learning advancements;
- Validity and standardization issues, with particular consideration of physiologic, communication, and participation aspects;
- The role of cutting-edge technologies like virtual-reality-based interactive speech training systems.
Dr. Wolfram Ziegler
Dr. Anja Staiger
Dr. Theresa Schölderle
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