Speech and Expressive language
Speech is our primary way of connecting to others. Having clear, fluent speech patterns is essential for being understood. Not only that, the quality of our voice and our intonation will influence how we come across and how our meaning is interpreted. Good speech is critical for good social engagement.
Is your child making only very gradual improvements in speech therapy? The problem may actually lie in the receptive component of speech which is affecting the output of speech. To speak clearly, sounds must be received clearly. A history of chronic ear infections is one way distorted hearing leads to distorted speech.
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How do our products help Speech and Expressive Language?
Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
The sense of safety evoked by the SSP can improve voice quality and stimulate spontaneous social engagement. The nerve to our voice box is stimulated by both the SSP and the Focus systems.
Fortunately, music and language share the same neurological pathways so that the specially treated music on the Focus system refines the neural pathways for producing clear melodic speech.
A history of ear infections is a major factor affecting speech. The middle ear may have been filled with fluid at the time language was being acquired. The Reading & Auditory Processing Program of the Focus System helps improve the networks associated with decoding and sequencing sounds for speech, fluency of speech and auditory memory.
The audiovocal feedback loop of the VoicePro System creates a shortcut for hearing and correcting speech sounds, even those of a new language you are learning. This direct feedback loop is the perfect tool to improve articulation, voice (spoken and singing) quality, as well as the mood and energy of the speaker.
Developmental delays, auditory processing weaknesses, and pragmatic language problems
“Regarding articulation errors, Matthew progressed from an imitation word level at 30% accuracy to producing all phonemes at a cued phrase/sentence level with 90% accuracy or greater. Reciprocal interactions improved from a maximum of three circles of communication during an interaction to greater than 25 circles of communication during an interaction. Eye gaze increased from less than one second (at a 20% occurrence) to an average of 4 seconds (at a 75% occurrence).”
Andrea Pointer, MA, SLP-CCC discusses the VoicePro™ and how it is applied for all ages and abilities relevant to: articulation, phonemic awareness, auditory memory, auditory figure ground and dichotic listening.
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"M" has been in speech therapy and occupational therapy since he was 20 months old, but at two years old, he had a vocabulary of approximately 15 simple words. When he was 2.5 years old, we introduced the iLs Total Focus program to his therapy repertoire and immediately saw results. Within 20 hours of listening to the program, “M” said his first new word in 9 months. At 36 months, M had a breakthrough and began communicating with us. In conjunction with speech, occupational and ABA therapy, iLs has been an instrumental alternative therapy in my son’s healing and success.Parent
I really notice a difference in his speech. A BIG DIFFERENCE. He has always been sweet and kind, but now he seems much more aware of his surroundings and therefore is able to respond appropriately. He thanked my mom for making dinner and told her it was delicious with no prompting. He hugged the hostess at the restaurant that we have gone to every Sunday for the last 5 years...he always let her hug him but this is the first time he volunteered a real hug. He also is more aware of people and is responding more appropriate times than he has in the past where he might say "I'm a ninja" instead of responding with "I'm good".