Review, Appy Chat & Giveaway
Developer: Balbus Speech
When did you decide to develop this app?
I decided to develop Fluently back in September. I had been hearing from our Speech4Good users about the power of “seeing your speech,” on the app’s Digital Speech Graph. I knew there was something there and, from my own experiences, I knew easy onset is an effective speech therapy technique. I also knew that easy onset monitoring hardware is extremely difficult to find and is very expensive.
When did you first release this app?
Fluently launched on the App Store on January 14th, 2013 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
How long did it take you to develop this app?
From idea stages and finished product took about 4 months. The most intensive process is testing—with the complex audio processing algorithm that Fluently uses, it required that we get the prototype in the hands of some actual speech-language pathologists to try.
What is your favourite feature?
Fluently doesn’t necessarily have one feature or another like most apps, instead it is more of a process. My favorite aspect of the process is being able to adjust the slider for increased sensitivity while I watch the speech light in the center of the app.
What skills were you hoping to help the end user to develop?
Fluently is designed to help communication, specifically the initiation of voicing for people with speech impediments.
What age range would this app most suit?
Fluently is best suited for anyone with a speech impediment that is using easy onset for therapy. This could be a second-grade student or an adult client.
Are any new updates coming soon?
Yes! For one, we’re in the development stages of Speech4Good 2.0, a completely redesigned version of our popular speech therapy app. In terms of Fluently, we’re talking with our users now to identify what could be next: maybe a recording feature could be in the works!
I note from the developer
I myself stutter and underwent speech therapy for almost 15 years—that is why I develop speech therapy apps, it’s a personal experience for me.
Fluently is an entirely new way to practice “easy onsets” in speech therapy. When you begin your speech with quick, loud or harsh voicing, the Speech Light will turn red to alert you. Our proprietary sound-processing algorithm provides a visual cue for speech therapy while also allowing you to adjust the sensitivity of the Speech Light.
Fluently is specifically-designed for speech-language pathologists and speech therapists to help students in promoting fluency through easy, smooth onsets. Easy onset is a fluency shaping technique that can be used to help stuttering, articulation, voicing and other speech impediments.
✔ Speech Light: a visual cue for your easy onsets
✔ Adjustable Slider to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the Speech Light
✔ Vibrate alert for a tactile cue (for iPhone only)
Updated: Jan 16, 2013
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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