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Using the iPad to Facilitate and Enhance Speech Fluency

By Stella Richard Subscribe to RSS | January 13th 2012 | Views:

The iPad has grown to become more than just a portable unit, enabling integration in unlimited directions for businesses and professionals around the world. One such profession that it has played a crucial role in supporting is Speech Therapy.

Innovations in the applications that are built for this iOS platform have revolutionized the way speech therapists around the world coach their patients enabling them to build a better future with no communication and self-esteem issues. These applications focus on augmentative and alternative communication, articulation, language skills, voice modulation and collectively on effective speech fluency.

Here is a list of some of the most interesting features one may come across in these applications:

1. Applications with augmentative and alternative communication solutions are best for those have difficulty is speaking all together. Using these tools allow children as well as adults with speech impairments to effectively communicate their ideas and needs with the use of high resolution symbolic images, advanced word prediction capabilities and text-to-speech voices.

2. The app store has a range of applications which help therapists, patients and parents to track the extent of speech fluency in a particular patient. Speech and language therapists are able to effectively live count the % of fluent as well a stuttered syllables thus deriving at the Disfluency Index which simplifies the designing of the therapy or treatment plan.

3. A parallel application for parents and patients allows them to not only track any kind of road blocks in communication but also guides the users of these applications on reinforcing positive feelings and avoiding feelings which tend to trigger stuttering and other communication problems.

Over a period of time, these applications are able to store relevant speech related information, record a trend and provide you with relevant information with respect to situations where you are likely to face speech problems.

4. A number of applications in the app store also employ Frequency Shifting Auditory Feedback and Delayed Auditory Feedback techniques and tools to assist people who stutter by facilitating speech fluency. These applications aid users in helping them control their speech, slow down their speed of talking, enhance levels of confidence and also help them inculcate positive speaking habits.

Therapists around the world are now employing one of the many functional and revolutionary tools that are designed to serve as a diagnostic tool which enables them to design customized therapeutic strategies by setting realistic goals for their patients.

They have been designed keeping in mind the need of immediate and continuous intervention with appropriate tracking and curative facilities that allow therapists to ensure a long-term cure for their patients. Whether they are children or adults, qualified therapists are now able to support their regimen with sustainable technology.

Stella Richard - About Author:
True Fluency Canada (TFC) is a Vancouver-based corporation and national distributor of the SpeechEasy range of products. This feedback has the effect of inhibiting stuttering and facilitating Speech Fluency while SpeechEasy is worn.

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