Voice Recognition & Speech Training

During the last few years, speech recognition software has come a very long way, for instance, ‘Dragon Naturally Preferred‘ is rated independently to be 99% accurate and is so easy to use, you’ll wish you changed years ago.

Voice Recognition
This software works by you ‘talking’ to your computer. As you talk, the words are written on the computer screen – and they are spelt correctly. This type of software helps to improve spelling because the student always sees the correctly spelt words. The computer types up exactly what you say. (The golden rule is to speak slowly when recording your voice, stressing ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘and’, etc., but please do not speak like a robot, because when you start doing your essay’s etc., the machine will not recognise your voice.)

Office XP now has voice recognition software built-in. However, if a student has dyslexia or dysgraphia, in my opinion, they would find it easier to use separate voice recognition software, such as the one below (or similar).

Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 (Home Edition)

nuanceThis easy to use speech solution allows you to create, edit and revise documents without using a keyboard. This software is one of my favourites and in my opinion, is one of the best on the market for dyslexic students. Price approximately £60.

Have a look and see what one parent said about their child, the first time he used it. I think it is the best money you will spend for your child, (or even for yourself of course) but you will have to help them for the first couple of times, that’s all. I’m sure it will convince you how easy it is. See more

If you go to google, you will find hundreds of reviews available, for this software. However, there are a few others available, which I will be putting on here shortly.

However, there is a few other Voice Recognition Software available, which I will be putting on here shortly.
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

There is a lot more information in my book, ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – An Essential Guide’. Fantastic independent book reviews, available from Amazon.

Speech Training

Computers are now helping children at some schools to learn to speak properly. A speech training aid computer displays the word it wants a child to say and listens to the way the child repeats the word. It then tells them if they have said it correctly. Once the child has said the word correctly, he can move on to the next word.

There are thousands of words with graphics available. Teachers using the software are impressed at the computer’s ability to ‘hear’ them talking. The Defence Research Agency and Hereford and Worcester County Council initially developed the project jointly.

Speech Training / Elocution Lessons

Whilst computers now take almost every part of our day and education, there is still a lot to be said about specialists that can help you speak correctly. There are many people that can help you to speak clearly. This is not to make you into ‘snobs’, or make you sound as if you have a ‘plumb in your mouth’, but clearly to help you speak clearly and comprehensively. There are so many variations of a simple three letter word ‘yes’. Many people say, ‘ye’,’ yea’, ‘yup’, and many more. The problem is if you say, ‘yea’ when you speak, when you read, you will be looking for those letters ‘y-e-a’, instead of the correct ones and when you spell you will spell it like ‘yea’ or similar. You can see how literacy difficulties can occur.

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