App Uses Speech Recognition to Improve Articulation
Speech Racer, a new app for speech therapy, is different from all other apps available on the market today. It makes use of speech recognition to help users improve articulation.
By understanding what key speech sound students have the most trouble with in speech therapy, like the “R” sound, for instance, the app is able to listen to the student and grade their performance.
But to keep things fun for students, to encourage them to continue using the app to improve their speech, the app is designed as a racing game. Children will hold down a button the screen while saying a word on a flashcard, and a meter grades them on how well they said the word.
The scoring feature allows the child, family, and therapist to track how well they’ve said the sounds they’ve practiced, and allows for review of the sounds the children are struggling with. The app is programed with more than 300 flashcards, each sorted by where the R is in the word.
This feature allows children to practice words that focus on the specific sound they are struggling with, but users also have the option to create custom lists, to allow practice of different various of the flashcards.
For now, the company behind the app is focusing on the R sound, but has plans to release future apps focusing on the L and S sounds, as well.
The app is available in two versions, the full version, available on the Apple App store for $19.99, and a free lite version. The difference between the full and lite versions is that the lite version doesn’t have flashcards built in. Users can still use speech recognition to practice some words. This provides people a way to try it and test it with their children or patients before committing to the full purchase. They opted for this route since there is nothing else like it available.
The app is not intended to replace working with a speech-language pathologist, but instead is designed to complement it. The app is designed to allow the students to practice at home, in between sessions with their therapist. It is the practice at home between therapy sessions that really allows children to continue to build good speech.
The speech recognition factor in this app ensures that what the child learns in his or her therapy session isn’t practiced incorrectly all week before seeing the therapist again. Building good speech is based on consistently and correctly practicing everything over time, and if there are mistakes along the way, it’s going to be harder.