“For years, speech therapists have been using household items like coffee stirrers, spoons, and peanut butter to try and help their patients."
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 21, 2011
Articulate Technologies, Inc. has announced preliminary data from a research study showing that Speech Buddies can help children learn to correctly pronounce problem sounds twice as fast as those without Speech Buddies (http://www.speechbuddy.com). This family of practical, handheld devices help children overcome speaking disorders by accelerating learning of the hardest problem sounds: R, S, L, CH, and SH.
“This body of research is tremendously important to the speech therapy community and to parents around the world,” says Gordy Rogers CCC-SLP, speech therapist and Chief Scientific Officer of Articulate Technologies. “For years, speech therapists have been using household items like coffee stirrers, spoons, and peanut butter to try and help their patients. Parents can become frustrated at how long it takes for their children to make progress. We’ve known that Speech Buddies produce better outcomes, but now we have the data from a rigorous research trial to support it.”
“We’re so excited about helping parents and children. Many schools and public speech therapy programs turn away kids who have speaking disorders that are not severe enough to qualify for public therapy. Until now, this has left many parents with the alternative of high-cost private therapy, which may not be covered by health insurance,” Alexey Salamini, Chief Executive Officer of Articulate Technologies commented. “This study shows that parents now have a new, low cost option that is effective with varying severities of speech challenges.”
How Speech Buddies Work
Speech Buddies work by providing targets inside the mouth for children to feel correct tongue placement when attempting to pronounce problem sounds. Speech Buddies can quickly help children turn their “wabbits” into “rabbits”, “wessons” into “lessons”, and “thocks” into “socks”. This tactile feedback within the mouth is often just what kids need to achieve learning breakthroughs.
Parents can choose to use Speech Buddies at home with their child or bring their Buddy to speech therapy lessons with the goal of accelerating learning and correcting problem sounds.
About the INTACT Clinical Trial
The INTACT (Intra Oral Tactile Biofeedback) study is a randomized, controlled, single blind study with children aged 5-8. With 75% of enrollment complete, the results show that after eight therapy sessions, children who use Speech Buddies pronounced an average of 71% of stimulus items correctly while those who did not use Speech Buddies averaged 32% correct.
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