Below are descriptions of software programs for professionals that are being used by some clinicians while working with children who have apraxia.
Articulation I: Consonant Phonemes
On Articulation I each target phoneme has 20 words in each of the initial, medial, and final positions. The 1,320 words are grouped by phoneme pairs into eleven categories. CD-ROM
Look! Listen! and Learn Language!: Version 2
This game has eight interactive activities for children to learn language the fun way. Listen to animals; find those letters, shapes, and numbers; and talk, talk, talk!
PROTRAIN: Real-Time Speech Production Training
ProTrain is the new, comprehensive speech production package from Avaaz Innovations. The ProTrain system is used to improve speech production skills by allowing talkers to see and hear key differences between their speech and target (correct) speech samples. Designed for the treatment of phonology and articulation disorders, voice disorders, and foreign accent reduction, ProTrain displays specified parameters of speech to assist clients in reducing speech errors. You will be amazed at how quickly and easily your clients can learn to identify and correct aspects of their speech using ProTrain’s attractive and informative displays.
Even young children can use such visual displays to improve their articulation and pronunciation. In this way, ProTrain can help you deal with a range of spoken language problems including childhood articulation and phonological disorders, voice disorders and articulation and pronunciation problems associated with hearing impairment.
Speech Sounds on Cue
Provides multimedia full-motion video cues, for independent speech practice. Cues are for individual phonemes (sounds) as well as full words.
This program is especially helpful to those who need to hear and see a sound made.
Speechviewer III IBM
SpeechViewer III is a powerful speech and language tool that transforms spoken words and sounds into imaginative graphics. SpeechViewer III increases the effectiveness of speech therapy and speech modification for people who have speech, language or hearing impairments.
You can select from over a dozen SpeechViewer exercises. Each exercise responds to your voice input with immediate, clear and meaningful feedback that helps you see how to speak. SpeechViewer III provides animated rewards that reinforce successful responses. And, the program’s sophisticated clinical management functions automatically collect pertinent data that allow therapists to easily document progress and see and hear results.
Video Voice Speech Training System
Video Voice offers facilities for almost any type of speech work, with more than 20 games and colorful graphic displays with 50 variations that give you new ways to illustrate speech. Represent pitch as colors in a spectrum … give “speeding tickets” for too much volume … teach sounds with a “gobble-the-dots” game … create pictures that show coarticulation and stress in connected speech … and much, much more.. Video Voice is appropriate for many age and ability levels because you control the content and tailor operation to best meet individual needs. One person might use it for simple vowel production, and another more complex aspects of connected speech.
Visual Voice Tools
Visual Voice Tools is a collection of seven “tools” that help students and clients develop fine control of their voices. Beginning with simple sound awareness, these tools progress students through multiple aspects of voice. Each tool accepts vocal input and provides visual feedback in the form of an animated graphic and is designed to allow students to clearly establish the relationship between the graphic and vocal dimensions. Students learn and practice fine control of pitch, loudness, voicing, and breath control for phonation.
Vowel Target is a highly interactive game for learning American English vowel articulation (including the semi-vowel “er” as in bird).