Cognitive Communication Disorders Telespeech

huntingtons disease speechPatients with the neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s disease know what’s going to happen to them as the disease progresses. For many patients and their families, that’s a scary thought. While the rate at which the disease progresses is different for every patient, one thing is certain; nearly every component of speech can be affected. Even though drug therapy treatment is available, it’s often not enough. Early intervention is important to provide strategies for dealing with Huntington’s disease-related speech and swallowing problems. [continue reading…]


How Telespeech Therapy Can Help Dementia Patients

by VocoVision on December 16, 2016

telemedicine dementiaNew research shows using telespeech therapy can help those suffering from dementia improve their ability to recall words previously “lost.” The study, from Northwestern Medicine, discovered that one woman was correctly able to identify the flowers in her garden again, and a man was able to command his dog to heard his sheep on his farm, as well as order his favorite meal at the drive-through of his favorite fast food restaurant. [continue reading…]


Treating Anomic Aphasia with Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on May 6, 2016

anomic aphasia treatmentAnomic aphasia presents as an inability to consistently produce the appropriate words for things a person wishes to talk about. This is particularly evident when the individual requires a noun or verb. The disorder is known by several names, including amnesic aphasia, dysnomia, and nominal aphasia.

Typically, the patient will have fluent speech that is grammatically correct. However, their speech will be filled with vague words such as “thing” and a constant attempt to find the words which will accurately describe the word they want to use. Many people will describe this as feeling as though the word is on the tip of the tongue, a feeling most people occasionally experience. Individuals suffering from anomic aphasia feel this on a regular basis. These patients usually have no difficulty reading or understanding speech, and are even able to accurately repeat sentences and words. The difficulty lies in finding words to express their own thoughts, whether verbally or in writing. [continue reading…]


Early Vocabulary Delay May Mean Therapy Later

by VocoVision on January 8, 2016

early_vocabulary_delayed_therapy_speechA new study from Penn State University shows that toddlers who demonstrate vocabulary delays end up needing speech therapy later in life. However, the language spoken in the home, as well as race play a role in whether or not the children actually receive these services.

The study was published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Policy in November, and it aimed to settle the debate on whether or not speaking later in life is a risk factor for later development. [continue reading…]


4 Signs of Speech and Language Issues

by VocoVision on December 5, 2015

vocabulary_delay_signs_of_speech_disorderIf you’re worried about whether your child is showing signs of a speech or language disorder, there are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for. Bear in mind that many disorders can be treated with speech therapy, and if speech therapy isn’t widely available in your area, meeting with a telespeech therapist may still be an option. [continue reading…]


New Engaging Apps for Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on October 16, 2015

engaging apps for speech therapyDuring traditional speech therapy, it can sometimes be difficult to keep young children focused. Heidi and Chris Hanks decided they would make an engaging speech app that would be fun for children. Their journey began in 2010 when they purchased a new iPod Touch to help entertain their children while traveling to Disneyland.

Heidi Hanks is a speech language pathologist who started her own private practice, Little Bee Speech, in 2004. When she first examined the iPod touch she was impressed with the potential it had to help in working with children with special needs. Over the course of the trip to Disneyland, she and her husband talked a lot about how she could get her program on a device like the iPod to help children with speech issues. As a result, they developed an app that played on the site, sounds, and touch senses to keep children fully engaged.

She tested it with her patients and noticed that the children were immediately more engaged and there was a reduced need for external reinforcers to keep them motivated. Where children had previously used only about 20 target words, they were able to now say 100 target words. Thanks to the, they were making it more progress at a faster rate.

Because of the success of that first application, the team has now released four applications: Articulation Station, Articulation Station Pro, Articulation Test Center and Articulation Quick Screener.

The articulation app is free, but it comes with a single sound program. Anyone who needs more than one of those sound programs can purchase additional ones starting at $4.00. The option to buy individual sound packets was included some parents could only spend the amount they needed to cover with their child needs. The free version of the app can be used at home for homework practice while the therapist uses the pro version.

The apps have been downloaded all over the world. People in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia are benefiting from what the act has to offer.

The Hanks say they have additional apps coming along in the future, as well as updates for the current apps to keep them as relevant and useful as possible. As of right now, the apps are only available on Apple’s iOS.  There is no word about whether or not there are any plans to expand their apps to the Android platform.


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Speech Therapy Helps the Elderly, Too

by VocoVision on March 6, 2015 we get older, our bodies change. Our speaking abilities, which may be affected by personal struggle, illness, or the aging process in general, can also be affected. Older adults to find chewing and swallowing exhausting, or find themselves in coughing fits before, during, or after swallowing, or find the quality of their voices changed, speech therapy can help. [continue reading…]