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Are you familiar with any apps for computers or cell phone that can calculate your rate of speech? I am interested in some  thing that can tell how fast I am speaking. I tend to talk to fast so I something concrete to tell me how fast I talk

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There is acoustic software that can calculate rate but there is an easier way to calculate rate.   Read a passage for 1-2 minutes.  Find a stable/representative 15 seconds and then count the number of syllables and multiply by 4.  That will give you the number of syllables/minute and you can compare over time.

 

Have you tried increasing loudness to normal loudness levels?  That technique has been shown to reduce rate as well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Mahler

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The cause of speech and voice changes in People with PD results from motor and sensory changes.  Apps can be very useful but may not fully address the cause of the communication disorder so the benefits may not generalize to functional communication.  I would still recommend that you seek the advice of a speech-language pathologist in person for a plan individualized to your needs.

 

Sincerely,

Leslie Mahler, PhD, CCC-SLP

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