There have been many advancements in the treatments available for communication disorders. For the longest time, the only treatments available were talking and reading exercises with a speech-language pathologist.
Now, there are new technological devices changing the lives of many people with communication issues. These devices are geared toward toddlers and children who have developmental disorders, such as down syndrome, SPD, autism, apraxia, etc.
The technology is designed to assist children with communication. Some of these technologies make it easier for children to learn new verbal sounds and expand their vocabulary. For others who are nonverbal, it provides a voice for them to communicate.
Check out five of the top technological devices assisting children with their speech:
Tobii PCEye Plus
M Team’s Tobii PCEye Plus is a revolutionary new technological system allows its user to communicate by moving their eyes. In other words, the system tracks the movement of the eyes and converts them into speech with actual words and a voice.
People with severe disabilities who are unable to speak will benefit immensely from this technology. Since children suffering from certain neurological and developmental disorders sometimes are able to control only their eye movements, Tobii PCEye Plus will change their lives forever.
SPEAKall! is a mobile application designed to help those who fall on the autism spectrum. According to the app’s creator Oliver Wendt, roughly 66 percent of all autistic children will have trouble with spoken language.
The German inventor created the mobile app technology to assist nonverbal autistic children with their speech and language development. When children use this technology, it makes their lives easier as well as the lives of their parents and caregivers.
SPEAKALL! serves as a virtual communication board with various digital cards with words and pictures on them. The child only needs to move a card to the “speech bar,” and the app will relay the spoken words. The program can be customised to suit the needs of each child.
Speech Wizard is an app designed for children with an articulation disorder. The mobile app uses fun and colourful games to teach children how to speak properly.
While using the app, children can practice making sounds to form words, words to form phrases and phrases to form sentences.
Parents and teachers will benefit from Speech Wizard, too. The app tracks user data, allowing them to track the progress of their children as they use the app.
Text-to-speech software is designed to assist students with an articulation disorder. As the name indicates, these software programs transform written text into verbal speech.
If a child with articulation difficulties needs to do a presentation in front of other students, for example, they can type their speech into the app, and it will vocalise the words for them.
The software can be applied itoa variety of situations to ease communication difficulties.
Speech Blubs is a unique app that teaches children with articulation disorders by using video modelling. When using the app, children learn to mimic their peers by watching them on video as they speak and make sounds.
The app also features augmented reality technology, allowing a child to put their face on the person they are mimicking. Any child with sensory processing disorder or autism can now be encouraged to make new sounds thanks to this advanced speech technology.