B.L.A.I.R is a 2 dimensional immersive assessment program designed as an alternative measurement for speech-language pathologists in training.  The program will simulate an interaction with a child, during a S.U.G.A.R language sample. S.U.G.A.R is a criterion-referenced test that uses conversational cues and techniques to collect a robust sample of a child’s language abilities. By using B.L.A.I.R to measure SLP techniques, we hope to better the quality of speech samples collected from the children evaluated in real world circumstances. We feel it is crucial to identify those with a language impairment at an early age, so they can receive appropriate interventions needed for their success.

Meet the Team

Shea Burch

Shea Burch

Industrial Design, Junior

Tara Beth Coll

Tara Beth Coll

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Junior

Kyle Finney

Kyle Finney

Computer Science, Junior

Olivia Carlson

Olivia Carlson

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Junior

Heath Morrison

Heath Morrison

Media Arts and Design, Senior

Bryce Simpson

Bryce Simpson

Industrial Design, Junior

The Process

The Impact

5Clinical simulations are becoming widely used as part of healthcare discipline training (nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, etc) to increase accuracy and confidence. The current simulations available to Speech Language-Pathologists (SLP’s) are limited. What currently exists is neither easily accessible, nor is it realistic, hindering a Speech Language Pathologist’s ability to be effective during post graduate clinicals. The Behavior and Language Assessment with an Interactive Respondent (BLAIR) hopes to impact the SLP community by working to overcome these limitations. Through a 2-dimensional program, the simulation will be accessible to many populations of SLP’s. It’s features help SLP’s in training as well as SLP’s who want additional practice with their facilitative skills. Interactional and facilitative skills tend to be a common weakness among SLP’s in training, likely due to the limited resources and practice opportunities. It is difficult to test an SLP’s facilitative abilities with a child, because it is near to impossible to standardize a child to interact with. To get a true measure of an SLP’s skills, the simulation or assessment must represent a natural and realistic interaction. BLAIR offers a realistic, interactional simulation that gives the user feedback and instruction to help them grow in these skills.