SpeakApp is an application for treatment of speech disorders.
Over 1% of the population, i.e., 75 million people, currently suffer from speech disorders. The most common speech disorders are stuttering, cluttering and diction difficulties. Speech impairments can be perceived as a minor and transient problem, but for millions of people, pronouncing typical words could be a daily challenge.
I approached various people with speech disorders and speech therapists via social networks, support groups and AMBI, the Israeli stuttering association. I have also consulted with a professional speech therapist, Olga Bendit, who advised and suggested professional articles.
There are several softwares that address the problem of stuttering, however, general fluency problems that require persistence over time and dependence on the clinician, are yet to be addressed. Some applications affect only one-third of the stutterers and avoid other speech problems. To the best of our knowledge, there is no treatment based on rhythm, which has been discovered during my project to be both efficient and effective.
During my research, I conducted conversations with 70 people with speech impairments to reveal the most difficult and easiest situation for them to speak. In addition, I checked whether they had treated the problem in the past and whether they would like to try another treatment.
Tried Various Treatments
"When I sing or speak with a rhythm or music,
there is no sign of stammering."
"It is much easier for me to speak to my family when I am calm. I can speak slowly and organize my speech."
"I feel the most comfortable in pubs, when there is music or sound in the background."
I found that rhythm enhances fluency considering all speech disorders.
cluttering is characterized by swallowing words at a fast pace, stuttering - at a slow pace. Music allows stutterers to speak better and even sing without interruption. Using vocal and visual distractions I have also witnessed a fluency improvement. The most difficult situations for the speech impaired are: free speech, frontal conversation with strangers, reading an unfamiliar passage and conduct telephone conversations with service representatives.
The effect of rhythm on speech ability derived from the fact that rhythm is associated with the right hemisphere, while language with the left hemisphere. Splitting the concentration between the two hemispheres reduces stress in the language field and thus causes an immediate improvement in speech ability.