Using acoustic measurement tools to help SLPs gather information about a client's:
The voice tool provides real-time feedback using visualisation tools directly for discussion with clients.
This screener includes 7 stages: a sound check followed by 6 exercises. These are each described in more detail below. In each exercise you can record the clients response and write notes as you go which will be displayed in the report.
This section enables you to check the device microphone, so that you can ensure the recordings of the client voice will be clear. Here you can check that the level of background noise is acceptable and that the client's voice can be detected.
The first exercise displays a prompt card: 'What did you do last weekend?'. The client should discuss this topic.
This section consists of gliding up in pitch to reach a high, squeaky voice, then holding it for several seconds with effort.
Counting to 10
The client should count from 1 to 10, starting quietly and getting louder with each number.
The client should say "aaa" and hold it for as long as possible.
Similar to the last activity, the client should hold a sound for as long as they can. This time they are prompted to say "sss".
The last activity is to hold the sound "zzz".
The report as shown below displays key information about the clients voice and shows key comparisons between the recorded voice and the baseline expectations. These baselines are also noted at the bottom of the report for reference.
The report then goes through each exercise in turn. Here you can listen back to the recorded clips and read the given information noted underneath such as the maximum/minimum loudness or pitch or the duration of the sound.
These are noted at the bottom of the report to inform you of what the assessments made at the top of the report are based on.