Steps to Success
|Formant Displays. P-A-R Displays. Fun and
Games. Assessment Displays. Video Voice has options for work on sound
production, word articulation, the non-segmentals, and more. Each operating format has numerous possible applications.
Where do you start?
The best approach to learning this robust speech therapy software is to begin with the simplest displays and progress to the more complex representations. There are many built-in tools to help you move quickly and easily through the program, including the interactive Help Me Choose, which identifies displays and games for common speech goals, and Solutions links to PDF files that suggest ways to use Video Voice to address different areas of speech.
Here are recommended steps to successful use. "Hot key" highlighting and built-in help messages throughout the program quickly tell you what options are available at any point in operation.
|Video Voice has several methods of communicating with you graphically. Any option that is adjustable appears either as a button or cyan-colored text. Watch your mouse - it's also a valuable source of information. When positioned over an adjustable element, it changes from an arrow to a pointing hand. If you dwell over buttons, options or other screen areas, "tool tips" pop up beneath the mouse to provide a brief description of function.|
Me Choose" feature is an interactive guide to choosing the games and
displays best suited for work on various speech goals. Simply choose your goal, and
Video Voice lists the options it offers for work on that aspect of speech and lets you go
directly to the game or display.
Video Voice is fully documented internally via context-sensitive Help. At any point in operation, clicking the "Help" button will open the built-in manual to the page that that discusses that area of the program. The Help manual has many graphic images and links to related areas that make using Video Voice fun and easy!
|Fun & Games - You'll find something for everyone in these easy-to-use, entertaining games and graphic displays. These Video Voice options provide options for work on pitch and intensity in isolation or in combination, duration, rhythm, onsets, stops, articulation, and more. Some are more appropriate for young children than adults, but there are options that will make speech practice more fun for all ages.|
|P-A-R Displays (Non-Segmentals) - Video Voice's non-segmental displays receive high marks from users. These cross-time representations of pitch and intensity are easy to interpret and can help communicate a wide variety of information about speech, from basic phonation to coarticulation and rate of speech.|
|Formant Displays (Articulation) - Video Voice's unique Formant Displays help train vowel production and various other aspects of articulation, both at the word and connected speech levels. Therapy applications include vowel training, articulation practice, sibilant and high-frequency sound production, and correcting sound omissions, distortions and substitutions.|
|Assessment Displays (Hz/dB Measurement) - The research/diagnostically-oriented Assessment Displays quantify the pitch and intensity levels in a speech stream. These cross-time pitch/intensity displays can help you evaluate the effects of training with the other Video Voice display formats and games.|
|Recordkeeping and Reporting - With Video Voice's Reporting and Analysis features, you can access saved score data to review performance in any single session or assess progress on therapy goals over time. Tabular or graphic reports can be displayed on the screen or printed, and you may add your own commentary to any report to support the data as appropriate.|
|Data Management - The Data Management functions simplify individual recordkeeping, caseload data handling for multiple therapists, and the creation and management of "model libraries". After using Video Voice for a while, you'll find these facilities useful for reviewing and making decisions about data you have stored for individuals in your caseload.|
|Service and Support - If the Displays and Activities email for individual consultation on the best approach to using Video Voice for any particular problem you face. We'll be happy to answer your questions or make suggestions on ways to use the games and displays to work on specific aspects of speech therapy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.|
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