2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Advanced Digital Capture Technology in Identification of Stuttering Disfluencies

Glen Tellis, Thomas Meloy, Michelle Henning, and Dawn Jarvie

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Special Education, 259 Davis Hall, Indiana, PA 15705


The use of video-capture technology is a powerful method of identifying stuttering disfluencies and secondary behaviors. We use video-capture technology to save sessions onto Videotizer machines, on computer hard drives, in DVD format, as well as on a server. Supervisors and clinicians use voice-over on the Videotizers so that clients can review sessions. Clients can use the computer cursor on movies to freeze any frame and identify disfluencies and secondary behaviors. We have found that identification of disfluencies and secondary behaviors with computerized video recordings of speech samples is more powerful than videotape only recordings. Procedures for assessment are discussed.
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