iPhone app helps dad stop stammer during wedding speech

By on June 9, 2011
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DAF Assistant helps reduce stammering by repeating what you say.

Do you stammer? Would you like to possibly reduce it? Well, to repeat a popular phrase in the world of tech, ‘there’s an app for that!’

Mark Wilson, 53, feared he wouldn’t be able to give a wedding speech at his own daughter’s wedding due to a developed stammer/stutter after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Usually a quick-witted and confident man, Wilson found himself tongue-tied during regular conversations, lowering his confidence as he failed to get words out properly. Now he says his confidence has returned thanks to an iPhone app called DAF Assistant that helped eliminate his stammer – enough, at least, that he now feels no fear to give a speech at the wedding.

“I have always been a quick-witted person – always ready to come in with a funny response or a joke, but my stammer was making me keep quiet because I couldn’t get my words out in time,” he said to BBC.

“Now I have my confidence back and speaking at my daughter’s wedding holds no fears for me now – I’ll be fine.”

DAF Assistant basically repeats what a user says back to themselves by delaying it for a fraction of a second, according speech therapist Mike Richards.

Such electronic devices cost up to £2,000, however, DAF Assistant is available at the App Store for only $12.99.

“To me it sounds in my ear as if the device is repeating what I say back to me, but to the listener, it just sounds as if I am speaking perfectly normally,” Wilson added.

“It is a minor miracle and has given me my old self back again.”

Richards was quick to point out that the DAF technique worked on only about a third of people who used it, but when it worked, the result could be instant.


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