Today speech and language therapy has evolved to include technology tools and apps. Speech-language pathologists now use a variety of speech therapy apps to engage students and to make progress for various populations, including stuttering, articulation, and other speech disorders.
Using iPhone and iPad apps for stuttering and other speech-related challenges can be an effective way to integrate technology into speech therapy practice. SLPs should consider the age and needs of each student when bringing stuttering apps into their practice.
Since the App Store debuted, there are now hundreds of speech therapy apps available to SLPs and students. Some apps are focused on games, flashcards, or audio tools—the key for SLPs is to have a toolkit of apps in order to best meet the unique needs of their students. In the following sections, we will describe how SLPs have successfully used Speech4Good, an app created by a person who stutters to help others improve their therapy practice.
We created the Speech4Good app to provide an accessible, effective practice tool for SLPs and their students. By bridging speech practice between the home and with a clinician, Speech4Good is designed to help students continuously improve and stay connected with their therapy.
In the Speech4Good app, users can select from an array of tools, including Delayed Auditory Feedback and a visual speech graph. Delayed auditory feedback allows users to create a "chorus effect" around their speech and to slow down their rate of speech—which have been shown to be effective for inducing higher rates of fluency in a therapy environment.
Speech4Good also includes recording and note-taking features, which provide SLPs and students with one place to document and track their practice. Students can take the app home to practice reading aloud or smooth, gentle onsets, then email a recording of their practice to their SLP for feedback in between sessions.
"I love the fact that this application includes visual feedback. This is great for students who are working on voice, fluency strategies, and articulation by viewing the length and amplification of a syllable/phoneme, length and amplification of a disfluency, change in amplification when using a fluency shaping/modification strategy, and amplication of the voice. It is also motivating for students/clients." -Consonantly Speaking
"Use easy onset and have the client watch the "Speech Graph" to see what a strategy such as easy onset looks like on the graph to help him or her visually monitor his or her speech." -Speech Techie
"The option to save the speech session is a great feature for any student on your caseload. You can add notes as well about each session. It’s a great tool to show growth in skills over time. Clinicians even need reminders about how far their student’s have progressed! Now, let’s think about taking it one step outside the speech room. Upper elementary and secondary students can easily be trained to use the Speech4Good app to use in homework and carryover. Students can download the app on their iphones or ipads (or their parent’s devices!) They can complete and record activities for homework, save it in the library and email it to you for feedback." -Speech Room News