Article from the Herald News of Alabama.

By: Earline Banks

TRUSSVILLE, AL – The annual Toby Banks Benefit golf tournament was June 18th at the Trussville Country Club. This was our 10th anniversary and the event was a great success. We had 18 teams which was a record. The weather was perfect and everyone had a good time. We had teams that have participated in this event all ten years.

The highlight of the day was when the two 2011 SpeechEasy recipients spoke. Jonathan Harris and Michael Mearns thanked all the golfers for allowing them the opportunity to have the SpeechEasy device, and it forever changing their lives. This was an emotional time for all that attended the awards dinner.

This is what this tournament is all about, raising money to provide SpeechEasy devices to deserving people that have problems with stuttering. So, if you know of anyone that this device might help, contact the Foundation: Donny Fulmer-699-7286; Earline Banks-699-8805; Gary Anderson-699-2605; Ed Shaw-699-3232 or Tammy Womble-966-2042 for more information.

The Foundation members would like to thank all that participated in this year’s event either through providing door prizes; donations; hole sponsors; team players and sponsors; cooking hotdogs or cleaning up. All are very important for the tournament being the success each year. Thanks to the Herald of Alabama for advertising for us and the articles about the recipients, not only does this help the event each year, but it brings awareness to the issues of stuttering.

[Bob Rutledge- LeHigh Cement – Putting Contest Winner along with Jamie Stone- Fluid Engineering (not pictured)]

Hughes Team: 1st. Place-Anthony Hughes,Toby, Bobby Fairley: Not pictured-Jack Goodwin, Keith Etheredge

State Farm-2nd Place-L/R-Toby Banks, Donny Fulmer, Robert McCulley, not pictured: Jackie Goodwin, Roger Milam

Fluid Engineering-3 Place-L/R-Jamie Stone, Toby, Chad Anderson, Jeff Thomas-not pictured: Scott Sisk

Toby Banks and Coach DuBose on the course

Closest to the Pin Winner – Kenneth Keith (not pictured)
Longest Drive Winner – Donny Fulmer (Not pictured with award but shown above with State Farm team)


Original article can be found here.

What do you say to a parent who says to you “I’d give my children a pill if I knew it would stop them from stuttering”.

This phone conversation happened about three years ago when there seemed to be a lot of chatter about the research that was happening with Pagaclone. Of course, we’re not in this parent’s shoes and don’t know what the outcome of her search for her two children who stuttered was.

If your SpeechEasy device stops working correctly, don’t despair – most problems can be repaired by our technicians at Janus Development Group. But before you ship it to us, you can try a few things on your own that may solve the problem.

Today we consider the problem of getting low volume or no sound at all:

First, always make sure that you are using new and fresh batteries. SpeechEasy cannot provide any feedback without a good power source.

If you have tried new batteries and still experience low or no sound, the culprit may be wax in the sound outlet or microphone. The solution is to clean away any wax that is blocking the sound. Refer to your Care and Maintenance Manual , pages 17 to 21, for the proper way to clean wax from your particular model. If you need a new cleaning brush, you can order them online at

If you have a Comfort Fit device, then a blockage of the clear tube can cause no sound to come through. This blockage can be either wax in the tube (and it can take only a miniscule amount of wax to block it) or a crimping of the tube. For wax, run the cleaning line through the tube a few times – this should clear it of wax. If the tube is crimped (sharply bent), it will probably be unusable. Change to a brand new tube. If you are out of them, you can order new tubes (and domes) at

If these measures do not work, either contact your SpeechEasy provider or contact us at Janus Development Group for a repair authorization number (RA) and instructions for mailing your device. Our toll-free number is 866-551-9042 and our email address is Most repairs take seven to ten business days to complete.

We had a SpeechEasy Provider tell us about a client that a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor had referred to her. The client wanted to make sure that the counselor knew how well SpeechEasy had worked for him during the evaluation and the outside the office trial time but didn’t know exactly how to do that. The solution was the Provider had the client call the VR counselor while wearing the SpeechEasy and left a voice mail message for her. The counselor was so blown away with the improved speech she heard that now the Provider has everyone she evaluates call someone and either talk to them or leave a message while wearing the SpeechEasy.

It’s kind of ironic that the one thing that normally creates stress for someone who stutters, namely the phone, is actually helping people decide if SpeechEasy is right for them.

Children and SpeechEasy

June 18th, 2012 | Posted by SpeechEasy in SpeechEasy | Stuttering - (0 Comments)

We have quite a few questions about how old a child should be in order to be fitted for a SpeechEasy. Most of the time those questions come through our website Live Chat or in the comments section of our information request page. Typically, the question will include a statement about how long the child has had speech therapy and then if SpeechEasy is appropriate for his or her age. We normally say that under the age of 8 is probably too young. However, we really like to have our Providers help make the decision with the parents and child.

Our Providers and the parents will discuss how much therapy the child has had, the maturity level of the child (they must be responsible because they are carrying around a valuable item), special circumstances, response to choral speech and other factors. We are not trying to be evasive when asked, but we know that our Providers have the family’s best interest in mind and can give a professional opinion as to whether SpeechEasy and therapy is best or continued therapy alone. They can physically observe the whole picture when they are allowed to evaluate the child and assess the important factors.