Just One of the Many Benefits of Technology for Speech Therapy

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

I don’t think it is true for everyone, but for me I am always a little extra proud when things originate in my home town. I’m just a huge Cleveland fan. So when I heard that Cleveland Hearing and Speech, whom Orange Effect Foundation has partnered with for several years to provide summer camp for kids with speech disorders, was the only area provider of Opti- Speech, I was pretty darn proud.

Opti-Speech is a complement to traditional speech therapy. State-of-the-art technology is used to visualize the tongue based on the position of tiny sensors. Seeing the tongue and how it should move can enhance and accelerate results from traditional speech treatment.

You will be asked to say the sound(s) you have trouble with many times, and asked to move your tongue, lips, and jaw in different ways. You will have sensors glued to your tongue so you can see how they feel. You will be audio recorded while you read a personalized list of words.

Based on the movement of your tongue, the treating speech-language pathologist will create visual targets for you that will be used during all treatment sessions.

It’s not for everyone, however. It’s designed for children eight years of age and older and adults who have found limited success in traditional speech therapy, or whose progress has stalled. It’s also especially helpful for individuals working on the “r” and “s” sounds.

For more information and their downloadable PDF click here! 

Pam is the Executive Director of the Orange Effect Foundation. She worked in the marketing field for the past 10 years, serving as Chief Operations Officer for Content Marketing Institute. During that time she found her passion to build and lead amazing teams because of the commitment of the staff at CMI. Pam also helped to create Content Marketing World, an event where over 3500 marketers come together annually to learn and network with the best and brightest. Pam's background is in social work, and she is raising a son with autism so the opportunity to start and direct this nonprofit is a dream come true. She has been a key leader in the CMI Golf for Autism the past 11 years and a champion for many other nonprofit organizations.