Robotic Speech

By Pam Marshalla

Q: My 7-year-old male client has a robotic speech presentation that interferes with intelligibility. He has low tone in the trunk and poor breath support. Do you have suggestions?

Usually a robotic voice makes an unintelligible child more intelligible. So maybe your client is using the robotic presentation to help him be more intelligible. In other words, maybe he knows (unconsciously) that when he speaks with equal stress on each syllable more people can understand him more often. He may be using the robotic presentation as a strategy to boost his intelligibility.

If so, I would not want to take the robotic presentation away from him. Instead I would teach him to use slightly more variety of intonation on the monotone. Maybe this should this be considered a fluency case?

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