Speech Pacesetter by Aptus Speech Therap

Speech Pacesetter

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Speech Pacesetter

Slow down rate of speech and improve clarity with the help of speed-adjustable visual cues.

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Speech Pacesetter is designed for people who have unclear articulation and a fast rate of speech due to stroke, brain injury, acquired stuttering, Parkinson’s Disease or other neurological condition. It is also suitable for children who have unclear articulation or who stutter.

Speech Pacesetter allows the user to choose a text and pace their rate of speech with the help of a speed-adjustable visual cue.

 

The user may choose to have the visual cue for each syllable or each word and reads the syllable or word aloud as the visual cue appears.

 

A metronome sound cue may also be added.

Visual & Sound Cues

The Speech Pacesetter app is designed specifically for people who have imprecise articulation and a fast rate of speech due to stroke, brain injury, acquired stuttering, Parkinson’s Disease or other neurological condition. It is also suitable for children who have unclear articulation or who stutter.

 

Speech Pacesetter allows the user to choose a text and pace their rate of speech with the help of a speed-adjustable visual cue. The user may choose to have the visual cue for each syllable or each word and reads the syllable or word aloud as the visual cue appears. A metronome sound cue may also be added.

  • Choose a reading passage

  • Select a visual cue for each syllable or each word 

  • Read the text aloud in unison with the visual cue

  • Adjust the speed of the visual cue

  • Choose an additional metronome sound cue if you wish

  • Add your own custom reading passages 

HOW

to use Speech Pacesetter

Verbal explanations are essential when teaching social awareness and understanding. Therefore, the questions in Empathy Pics are designed as thinking prompts that encourage interaction between the user and the therapist, teacher or family member. 

Activity 1: Emotions & Situations

  • Question 1: Describe what you see in the picture

  • Question 2: Identify how the other person is feeling

  • Question 3: Discuss how you would feel in the same situation

  • Question 4: Discuss what you would do in the same situation

  • Question 5: Discuss a similar situation that has happened to you

Ask the child or adult each of the 5 questions. Support them to find the clues in the picture e.g. body language, facial expression. Encourage them to talk about how they would feel and help them to learn that others may feel differently. 

Activity 2: Showing Concern

Choose a scenario. Ask the child or adult what they might say to the other person to show interest or concern. Multiple choice answers are available. Verbally explain why some responses are more appropriate than others.

WHAT

others say about Speech Pacesetter

Mike Richards

SLT (UK)

"This affordable app brings a novel way of carrying out pacing therapy for adult speech and language therapists." – Mike Richards, Speech & Language Therapist, UK

iSpeak

App Blog

"We love the app, and in all its simplicity, it is designed to make reading passages easier to read by a metronome along with visual cues." - iSpeakapp

STORY

behind Speech Pacesetter

A common speech therapy goal for many people with dysarthria is to speak at a slower rate in order to improve speech intelligibility. 

 

I used to mark syllables, words and punctuation marks in reading passages with pen marks or dashes to help prompt the person to slow their rate. This used to help clients to slow down during clinic sessions but they didn't have a means of practising at home. 

I wondered if it would be possible to make an app that would have visual cues that highlighted each syllable or word. I also wondered if it would be possible to have a cue that only showed one syllable or word at a time in a reading passage (to help those who tended to skip ahead). That's how Speech Pacesetter was born....

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