The impact of seeing speech

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Dr. Sadanand Singh was a visionary in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. While his writing and research primarily addressed phonetics, phonology, measurement, and clinical procedures, his vision for dissemination of new ideas enabled authors and researchers to extend the boundaries of these fields. This chapter embraces Dr. Singh's interest in phonetics, instrumentation, and translational research. Dr. Singh co-authored two books with me: Speech Sounds: A Pictorial Guide to Typical and Atypical Speech (McLeod & Singh, 2009a) and the companion book Seeing Speech: A Quick Guide to Speech Sounds (McLeod & Singh, 2009b). These books were a synthesis of our work to enable speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and others to see speech. The books combined Dr. Singh's images of speech created by acoustic (spectrographic) and cinematographic technologies with images created by electropalatography and ultrasound (see Figure 1). Static and dynamic images were presented and described for 24 consonants, 10 vowels and 5 diphthongs. The aim of this chapter is to discuss the importance of seeing speech, the technological advances that have enabled SLPs to see speech, and the impact that this can have when working with children and adults who have difficulties producing speech sounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslational speech-language pathology and audiology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh
EditorsRobert Goldfarb
Place of PublicationSan Diego, CA
PublisherPlural Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781597566902
ISBN (Print)9781597564458
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Grant Number

  • FT0990588


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