Modification of breath patterning to increase naturalness of a mildly dysarthric speaker

Karen Bellaire, Kathryn M. Yorkston, David R. Beukelman

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The case of a 20-year-old, closed head injured male with mild dysarthria is presented. The decreased naturalness of speech was related to short, uniform breath groups, inhalation during every pause, and restricted fundamental frequency. Data related to patterns of breathing and pausing during samples of connected speech along with measures of respiratory control are presented in order to illustrate techniques for assessing and training speech naturalness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing

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