RESEARCH OUTLINE                              Ray Mancini | Prof. Tom Klinkowstein | Thesis 1Monday, September 19, 2011
1 : Overview                What is stuttering and speech disfluency?                      • scientific definition           ...
2 : Problem / Hypothesis                Define the Problem & HypothesisMonday, September 19, 2011
3 : Speech Therapies                1. Introduction to & descriptions of the main speech therapy approaches               ...
4 : Design Thinking                Overview on Design Thinking / Design Processes and what specific theories might be      ...
5 : Measuring Speech                This section deals with how speech disfluency is traditionally measured,               ...
6 : Experimenting/prototyping that will               aid in therapy                This section would illustrate how desi...
7 : Social Interaction, Community-based               support, & Progress Tracking                Combine all aspects of t...
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Thesis outline sept19

  1. 1. RESEARCH OUTLINE Ray Mancini | Prof. Tom Klinkowstein | Thesis 1Monday, September 19, 2011
  2. 2. 1 : Overview What is stuttering and speech disfluency? • scientific definition • statistics • social and cultural relevance / stigma My story as a stutterer • Description of my stutter from childhood until now • Therapies, techniques utilized by me, and their general results • Adapting to a life with an impairment (positives and negatives) My story as a designer • The creative spark - becoming a designer • The need for expression outside of verbal communicationMonday, September 19, 2011
  3. 3. 2 : Problem / Hypothesis Define the Problem & HypothesisMonday, September 19, 2011
  4. 4. 3 : Speech Therapies 1. Introduction to & descriptions of the main speech therapy approaches • Delayed Auditory Feedback and Anti-stuttering devices • Medication • Fluency Shaping • Stress / Iowa Therapies / Psychotherapy 2. General Flaws Associated with each therapy approach 3. Overall Speech Therapy FlawsMonday, September 19, 2011
  5. 5. 4 : Design Thinking Overview on Design Thinking / Design Processes and what specific theories might be applicable the hypothesis. 1. Design Exploration / Ideations • More emphasis on playful experimentation vs. solving a problem 2. T-Shaped Designers • Cultivating a more well-rounded approach to an individual, by having established technical and disciplinary skills, coupled with inter-disciplinary knowledge on a wide range of subjects and experience. 3. Convergence • Prototyping possible scenarios for better design solutions that incrementally improve the original inherited situation 4. Sustainability • Managing the process of exploring, redefining and prototyping of design solutions continually over timeMonday, September 19, 2011
  6. 6. 5 : Measuring Speech This section deals with how speech disfluency is traditionally measured, and might a more robust evaluation method be found? 1. Evaluate how speech disfluency is measured in traditional therapy • what scales or tests are used? • what is measurable? • what is not measured, or not easily measurable, or simply missing? (i.e. anxiety, expectations, lifestyle, culture, race, support at home, environment, overall health) 2. “The Anatomy of Speech” • Based on this evaluation, define a new measuring standard that will allow patients to discover the "Anatomy of Their Speech". • “The Anatomy of Speech” will potentially be more well-rounded, measurable way of approaching speech therapy, taking into account missing elements of the current evaluation. 3. Creating a system of measurement for “The Anatomy of Speech” • Using design thinking, are there experiments or criteria to help determine the system of measurement for items that are not already measurable?Monday, September 19, 2011
  7. 7. 6 : Experimenting/prototyping that will aid in therapy This section would illustrate how design thinking can “create” experiments and exercises that will push stutterers towards improvements in the revised “Anatomy of Speech” categories...and within their own traditional therapies.Monday, September 19, 2011
  8. 8. 7 : Social Interaction, Community-based support, & Progress Tracking Combine all aspects of the new “Anatomy of Speech”and all relevant experiments into an interactive community, where individuals can potentially chart their progress, receive support, and create a self-therapy or augment their own traditional therapy.Monday, September 19, 2011

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