Speech Pacing Therapy
Pacing Therapy with 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
Watch Speech Pacesetter in Action
The Story Behind Speech Pacesetter
Hi, I'm Lorraine. I am a Speech and Language Therapist and the founder of Aptus Speech Therapy. I designed the Speech Pacesetter app. My inspiration for the app came from my clinical experience of working with people with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions. Many of the clients who I worked with had dysarthria (slurred or unclear speech).
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....
What Others Say About Speech Pacesetter
"This affordable app brings a novel way of carrying out pacing therapy for adult speech and language therapists." – Mike Richards, Speech & Language Therapist, UK
By Mike Richards, SLT (UK)
"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
By iSpeak app blog