Category Archives: Speech

New Phone Relay Service

A new free relay service allows people with speech and voice disorders to place telephone calls using their own voices or augmentative and alternative communication devices.

The speech-to-speech (STS) relay system is provided by the Federal Communication Commission.  It was created by Speech Communication Assistance by Telephone, Inc., a nonprofit founded by Robert Segalman, whose cerebral-palsy-related voice difficulties hamper his ability to communicate by telephone.

STS allows a person to speak with a communiction assistant, who revoices the words of the caller for the person on the other end of the call.  Assistants are specially trained to understand the speech of callers with a variety of conditions affecting clarity of speech, including cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, stuttering, laryngectomy, and stroke.

For more informatrion about STS, visit www.speechjtospeech.org

When I tried to visit the above website, it said to check back soon.  Hopefully it will be available soon.

Specific Language Impairment

In a study of children with specific language impairment (SLI) and their family members, researchers have identified a gene on chromosome 6 for SLI.  The gene is associated with variability in language abilities as well as speech and reading abilites.  The finding suggests a common pathway that could contribute to overlapping strenghths or deficiencies across speech, language, and reading.  The study was published in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (www.springerlink.com/content/121295/?k=SLI).