Your voice could instantly be transformed into a robot? Or a monster? Or as if you had just had a gulp of helium? Pretty cool, and FREE (on Mac) GarageBand has exciting applications for speech-language-voice therapy.
To use, simply record audio. To transform into a robot or a monster, drag the track to the row of the desired effect. For GarageBand newbies or novices, more help can be found here.
*NOTE: Make sure you immediately delete recordings after each session for client privacy.
Here's some ideas. Use it as a....
Increase participation when participating means giggling over a robot voice.
Have a client listen back to their trial, and encourage them to talk about what they heard.
Modeling?! Alright! But are you as cool as a robot model?
OR...The kiddo can become their own model ! Capture that elusive great performance, then proudly play it back. The client can produce target after the model, and the software can play model and their attempt to reflect upon. Alternatively, produce target with the model and gradually fade the audio volume. It's pretty easy to set the model on a loop for even more convenience!
Once, for a client who was behaviorally speaking really quickly, I set the metronome clicking, and we practiced reading sentences at different beats per minute.
5.. VOICE VISUALS
Some voice therapy techniques seek to increase performance measured in time (EX: LSVT "ah" attempts, laxvox blowing bubbles through straw). Record one trial per track line and zoom out. Make sure your software is set to display time and...TADA!... you'll be able to see an automatic bar graph! Transfer to a paper version to compare across sessions.
How else have you used this software? I'd love to hear about it!