Our free apps help clients try Altered Auditory Feedback

SpeechEasy has two free apps to help people who stutter and patients with Parkinson’s speech issues sample the effect that Altered Auditory Feedback (AAF) may have on their fluency. Altered Auditory Feedback technology simulates the effects of “Choral Speech” (speaking simultaneously with another person). It has been known for years that choral speech can promote fluency. This effect is used in both SpeechEasy and SpeechEasyPD.

The two apps are called FluencyCoach (for stuttering) and Parkinson’s Speech Aid (for Parkinson’s speech issues). Both are available on the App Store. FluencyCoach is also available for downloading on your PC at www.fluencycoach.com

 

Mom shares son’s experience with SpeechEasy

Recently, an excited Mom shared her son’s experience and improved fluency with us through our Facebook page.

Here’s what she said:

I rarely post anything personal on facebook. Yet something happened yesterday, that for me, was a miracle. Many of you know that my dear son, Nicholas, has a very pronounced stutter. Making everything he encounters a struggle. From a simple phone call to a job interview is impacted. I have watched him over the years put up with, well meaning people, that try to finish his sentences. Individuals and friends that simple turn their attention away as he attempts to get the words out. Yet, he never stops trying to speak. He bravely wants to work with the public. His courage and humor over the years has been inspiring Thankfully the people that love him just wait for the words to come forth. One of his dearest friends once said that Nick doesn’t stutter, he is just buffering. He has so much to share yet it is tempered by finding words he thinks he can say. Sooooo, (I know, long intro) we went to a speech Pathologist yesterday that fitted Nick with a device (worn like a hearing aid). He picked up a piece of paper and started to read it out loud. There was no hesitation, no stutter…his eyes opened wide as we sat looking at each other. Incredulous of what was happening. He put the paper down and started to speak to me. Words flooding the room. I have never heard my son (now 28) speak like this. His face lite up as he continued and continued. My eyes of course filling with tears. He even made a telephone call. Lasted six minutes. You see, in stuttering time, it is a million years. Had to smile when the test device had to be removed. He did not want to let it go. His own device will be delivered in 2 weeks. His first call will be to his sister, Anna. He said that she has never heard him speak without a stutter. I think we both shed a tear. His life is forever changed

If you would like to share a story please visit our Facebook page or send it to us at info@speecheasy.com. We’d love to hear from you!

SpeechEasy Workbook Brings Valuable Info

For those of you who have purchased a SpeechEasy device, you also received a workbook. This workbook gives our clients valuable information, tools and instructions that help acclimate them to using the device in their day-to-day life. The workbook is supplemental to the instructions and therapy provided by our Providers, but it’s proven to be a viable resource for our customers over the years.

Although most of the workbook is geared towards actual SpeechEasy customers, there is some information that anyone who stutters who is in a therapy program could find helpful as well. Some of that information can be found in the Keys to Your Success portion of the manual. Some of those keys are:

  • Set realistic fluency goals
  • Build a support network of friends with whom you can comfortably practice new skills and fluency techniques
  • Pick a time each day to practice
  • Take small steps outside of your immediate support network

$100 SpeechEasy Evaluation Rebate Available

The first step in seeing if SpeechEasy is right for you is to attend a SpeechEasy evaluation with one of our trained SpeechEasy Providers. Every SpeechEasy Provider is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist qualified to help assess and recommend fluency options for our clients.

We are offering the $100 evaluation rebate as a way to help offset the cost of the evaluation. Just contact us or request an information packet and we will mail you our evaluation rebate form.

SpeechEasy “Back to School” Special Promotion Has Started

We know summer is only half way through, but at SpeechEasy we are getting ready to go back to school! Our Back to School promotion is designed for everyone, but is geared towards those in school who are looking to improve their speech. This promotion began on July 7th, 2014 and will run through October 31st, 2014. During this time, we are offering a substantial savings on both the initial evaluation and the device itself.

For this limited time you can receive up to a $200 rebate on the cost of your initial evaluation with your SpeechEasy Provider AND purchase one of our 3 most popular SpeechEasy models with a $600 discount! That’s a savings worth up to $800 and is designed to help students at the beginning of the school year.

Our clients tell us that their improved performance in school is directly related to how much more fluency they are having when using SpeechEasy.

The first step is getting the special evaluation rebate form from us by requesting it through our website or contacting us directly. Then, contact your local SpeechEasy Provider to set up your evaluation. If you choose to purchase a device during this promotion, the price will automatically be adjusted for you.

Contact us today to get ready to go Back to School!

Pursuing Vocational Rehabilitation Funding: Does Your Counselor Know About SpeechEasy?

As you may be aware, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has funded hundreds of SpeechEasy devices across the US. VR is a state by state resource that helps those with disabilities either find employment or move further in their current employment. For people who stutter, this may be the best avenue to secure funding. Because stuttering can have an impact on gaining employment and/or moving up in a current job, VR is there to help. But, don’t assume the VR counselor knows what SpeechEasy is or how effective SpeechEasy can be.

Recently, one of our Speecheasy Providers was presenting SpeechEasy to a group of VR counselors and noted that only a few of them had even heard of SpeechEasy. They were frankly relieved to know that there was help out there for those who stutter because they realized how stuttering can limit someone during a job interview or while completing day-to-day tasks while on the job. Clear communication is key in most every job situation.

Going through the VR process may take some time as each state has it’s own criteria as to who qualifies, but if you educate yourself, educate your counselor and become your own, best advocate – they can be an amazing resource.

If you are thinking of pursuing VR funding, know we are here to help! Be sure to go to our website and request a SpeechEasy information packet to give to the counselor assigned to you to help make sure they are aware of SpeechEasy. Or give us the counselor’s name and address and we’ll mail one out for you. We also have a Funding Coordinator on staff, Carrie White, who is well versed in the VR process and procedures. Feel free to contact her with your specific situation and she’ll be happy to help!

Back to School offer includes financial assistance

This school year SpeechEasy wants to help increase your fluency so you can reach your goals and ambitions, both now and in the future. Our Back to School offer includes financial assistance to help get an evaluation by a SpeechEasy Provider and special pricing on the most popular SpeechEasy models preferred by students. The total offer is worth hundreds of dollars and designed for students who are ready to take charge of their speech.

Our clients tell us that their improved performance in school is directly related to how much more fluency they are when using SpeechEasy.

In addition to the financial assistance we have a special low down payment and interest-free payment plan made just for this Back to School promotion.

The Back to School offer begins July 7th and ends October 31st so please don’t wait. The first step is making an appointment with a Speecheasy Provider. Obtain the special evaluation rebate form from us by requesting it through our website or contacting us directly.

 

New Chicago Provider, not so new

Recently, we were delighted to add Tracy Kunce, CCC-SLP as a Provider in the greater Chicago area. When SpeechEasy was first introduced in 2001, Tracy was one of our very first SpeechEasy Providers – and since being away for a few years, she has decided to rejoin our family of Providers.

Last month Tracy renewed her certification with us – and she’s now once again available and ready to see clients.

Here is her contact information if you are interested in setting up an appointment with Tracy.

1821 Walden Office Square, Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 397-6906

tkunce18@msn.com 

 

SpeechEasy special pricing offer ends June 30th

The Let’s Talk Fluency special offer of 15% off our most popular SpeechEasy model- the Comfort Fit, has been in effect since March 1st and will end on June 30th.  There’s no coupon or survey to take in order to receive this special pricing and save, but time is of the essence. SpeechEasy Providers schedules are filling up so please act now.

If you need assistance in making an appointment please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

 

SpeechEasy client video shows the difference in fluency

Recently, SpeechEasy client Lee Warner answered a few questions with and without his SpeechEasy. This short video shows what a difference SpeechEasy makes.