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Welcome to the SMILe Lab at Northeastern University!

About the Lab

The SMILe Lab is dedicated to the study of motor speech disorders in children. We combine behavioral approaches, analysis of speech signals and 3D face tracking technology to understand how children’s speech is affected by motor speech disorders and to develop tools and techniques to better assess and treat these disorders.

The primary objectives of our research are:

  • To improve assessment and early identification of dysarthria (i.e., a disorder  affecting control of the muscle movements for speech) in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • To develop more effective treatment methods for improving speech intelligibility and communication function in children with motor speech disorders.

The SMILe lab is located in the Forsyth building at Northeastern University and is part of the Bouve College of Health Sciences.