Communication is by far the most important way to grow, survive, and build successful relationships as a person. When you are someone with a disability like a speech disorder communication to others and with others can be rather frustrating. There is nothing like being involved in an engaging conversation, it’s one of the things that make life fulfilling. There are several tech-savvy tools out there that allow speech-impaired individuals to be able to converse with ease with their, peers, coworkers, families, or whoever they may have a question for. Below we discuss three that are simple to attain and simple to use.
Those with speech disabilities never have to worry about being mute or left out of the conversation with today’s modern technology. Text-to speech software like Notevibes allows individuals to type what they want to say into the device that they are using and the software will read it aloud. These types of software tools are not limited to one language, they can translate words in any language with human characteristics like pauses, male or female voices, different speeds, and pitches. Text-to Speech software can be used on more than just your computer. They can be used on any mobile device as there are text-to-speech apps as well.
Similar to text-to-speech software, chatbots are another form of software that can help those who have a hard time speaking, create a human conversation on the computer. The chatbots, however, can analyze questions and answers to the conversation on their own and the person on the receiving end has to choose an answer. Users can either communicate by voice or using the chat interface. The only issue that users seem to come across is when the chatbot misunderstands the context of the speech when trying to mimic human interaction. Chatbots are heavily used on phones and mobile devices. Those with speech disabilities can use them on programs like WhatsApp, Slack, FB Messenger, and more. This allows those with speech disabilities to converse with family, friends, and even people from around the world just like everyone else.
As a child not being able to communicate can be stressful and discouraging both at home and in the classroom. For children learning with speech disabilities, there are several augmentative communication apps that can ease the process. Augmentative communication devices are tools that children can use that come with different systems, and strategies to help them to communicate or to encourage them to talk. Devices like Pocket Go Talk may include pictures with different signs or sign languages, to help them communicate to others what they may want or need. If your child is a bit older and is interested in smartphones or tablets augmentative communication apps like communication for iPad or Touch Chat are available. Apps like these allow those who are speech impaired to text others by using symbols and natural-sounding text-to-speech filters. This allows them to have as much as normal teenage life as anyone else in their school or home environment.