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A range of apps and electronic fluency devices are available to help with stammering. Apps are relatively cheap and easy to use. With AAF, as you speak you hear your voice played back to you. It's a bit like hearing an echo on a phoneline. AAF is based on the 'choral effect'. This is a phenomenon where many people who stammer find that they can produce fluent speech when they talk in unison with other people. Some apps and devices can also produce music, a hiss or buzz.
When this is turned on, it masks your voice and can increase fluency. Some apps help you experiment with other changes to your communication style. They can also look at a range of factors that might increase confidence around talking. Some people find AAF helpful, others don't.
Each person is likely to respond differently, depending on their degree of stammering. There's not much research on its effectiveness and are mixed. You may decide to use AAF mainly for more challenging situations, such as giving a speech. You can also use it as part of speech therapy — for example, to practise techniques. Read LeeAnn's article ' Using a fluency app helped with my confidence ' to see what using one is like. Also, read Dave's article ' Getting through my Father of the Bride speech ' to see how a device helped him.
These apps can be used on a smartphone, tablet or computer and are generally free. Apps installed on a smartphone may or may not work when using the phone. You can look at the app description and reviews, but ultimately you will need to test it on your phone. They usually work with a Bluetooth heet but this might add a further delay to the feedback. Please note: this list isn't comprehensive and the fact we've included them doesn't mean we endorse them.
Fluency Coach. Stuttering Therapy DAF. Stamurai As well ask using DAF, this app helps you practise reading aloud, and gives guided meditation and breathing exercises. See our Get Support section to find a therapist near you. Speak for Less: In-ear devices with a money back guarantee option. SpeechEasy : In-ear devices. The most established product on the market. SpeechEasy at info speecheasy. Listen to these podcasts from StutterTalk to learn more about this particular type of device. Wired and wireless options are available.
Electroncic fluency devices are expensive. Below is some information on how you can get some help with the cost. Access to Work grants If you are working, or wanting to start work, you may be able to obtain funding though the Access to Work scheme. You or your employer may need to pay part of the cost. In addition to the usual Access to Work eligibility criteria, you'll need to have an assessment by a speech and language therapist, and to have used a fluency device for a trial period.
Employers Alternatively, if you are in work and a device would make a big difference to the way you do your job, it may be worth asking your employer if they could provide financial support. Get Support. Do they help? There are two main types of device: A Single-component device which fits in or around the ear, like a hearing aid.
A Multi-component device, consisting of a box carried in the pocket, plus an earphone. The link from the box to the earset may be wireless, or through a wire. A wireless link makes the device less visible, more like a single component device.
Here are some examples of devices available to buy: Speak for Less: In-ear devices with a money back guarantee option. Paying for a device. If you have difficulty getting funding from any of the above sources, please let the BSA know. Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.
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