Altered Auditory Feedback Device for the treatment of festinating speech in Hypokinetic Dysarthria.
The Parkinson's SmallTalk model has DAF (Delayed Auditory Feedback) plus FAF (Frequency Altered Feedback) upshifting which appears to induce increased vocal fold and other speech motor activity. Configured to include five FAF settings: +0.4 octaves, +0.6 octaves, +0.8 octaves, +1.0 octaves, and +1.2 octaves.
Not all people with Parkinsons speech will respond to AAF - please consult with a Speech Pathologist and trial the device.
Eliminates background noise even in the noisiest environments.
Includes full-size headset to maximize fluency and carryover, miniature wired iPod-style earset, and stylish Bluetooth wireless earset. A special version has settings for speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease. DAF, FAF (5 settings).
Plugs into telephones. Recharges like a mobile phone.
3" x 2.25" x 0.75"; 2.8 ounces.
What's in the Box:
In this video three men with Parkinson's disease and hypokinetic dysarthria, the speech disorder associated with Parkinson's, speak without and then with SmallTalk electronic speech aids.
The speech disorders associated with ParkIn inson's disease include low volume and poor articulation and accelerating rate. This video shows 3 Parkinson's patients speaking for one minute without aid, and then one minute with a SmallTalk set for one octave up FAF and 30 milliseconds DAF.
The SmallTalk seems to improve the speech of some Parkinson's patients but not others. Two studies are now investigating what types of Parkinson's respond to the device. The studies are being conducted at the Parkinsons and Movement Disorders Center in Elkridge, Maryland, and at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
FAF upshifting appears to induce increased vocal fold and other speech motor activity. The effect on Parkinson's patients, when it exists, is increased clarity but not increased volume. The result is clear but quiet speech. The effects are immediate and require no training, therapy, or mental effort. The latter is important for individuals with cognitive impairments.
For an overview of DAF treatment of Parkinson's speech, see Treating Fluency and Speech Rate Disorders in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: The Use of Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF), by Paul Blanchet, Journal of Stuttering Therapy, Advocacy and Research (Volume 1, Number 2) (2006) 79 – 89 and
Using Delayed Auditory Feedback to Treat Fluency and Speech Rate Deficits in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: Specific Clinical Considerations by Paul Blanchet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology State University of New York at Fredonia,Journal of Stuttering, Advocacy & Research, 1 (2006) 94 – 101
Purchase with risk free 60 day money back guarantee if the purchase is approved by a Speech Pathologist.
Not all people with Parkinsons respond to AAF or FAF in the same way so we recommend that you trial the devices first with your Speech Pathologist (contact us to arrange a loan.)