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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 If speech therapy is an option, it starts at 2 years of age.If the child is lucky, they finish at 5, but the reality is closer to 11. 7000 Per Year 1/550 children are born worldwide with a cleft lip or palate [1] What's the problem with speech therapy? 6 MonthsSpeaking 9 MonthsFirst Surgery 2 YearsSpeech TherapyStarts 5 YearsSpeech therapy ideal completion age 11 YearsSpeech TherapyAverage Completion Age They shouldn't be fighting a losing battle. We want to change this. Nearly two-thirds of children drop out of speech therapy [2] - Therapists are overwhelmed with new patients In 2013 we pilot tested a novel app that combined speech recognition with games to evaluate children's voices in a fun environment. We gave it to a group of doctors to test... The results were phenomenal. [3, 4]The doctors wanted more.The children asked for more. We need your help to test the next iteration of the system and bring the future to speech therapy, now. The reasons lie outside the therapist's control: - Parents expected to evaluate speech with a highly trained ear - Therapists never hear the child speak outside of the office And contribute today Go to - Young children expected to do unrewarding repetitive exercises 19 children every day in the U.S. [2] Hapner, E., Portone-Maira, C., & Johns III, M. M. A study of voice therapy dropout. Journal of Voice, 23(3), 337-340. 2009. [4] Rubin, Z., Kurniawan, S., Tollefson, T. Results from Using Automatic Speech Recognition in Cleft Speech Therapy with Children. Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 2014. [3] Rubin, Z., Kurniawan, S. Speech Adventure: Using Speech Recognition for Cleft Speech Therapy. Proceedings of 6th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2013). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 35. 2013. [1] Tolarova, M., Strafford, M. Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate.
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