Adversity Leads to Innovation

Jack McDermott, a student at Tufts University, first had the idea for the Speech4Good app in 2008 when he was in speech therapy for stuttering. “I was spending a lot of money driving into Boston,” said McDermott. “I just realized I wanted speech therapy to be more accessible.”

McDermott wanted to create something that allowed him and other users to get the most out of their treatment. Steve Jobs’ announcement of the Apple App Store was the catalyst for his idea. “It really got me thinking as to how speech therapy and technology can really change the entire process,” said McDermott.

The Speech4Good smartphone app aims to make speech therapy more effective for its users. It takes proven processes of speech therapy, such as Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF), and delivers that therapy via an iPhone or iPad. These apps allow students getting speech therapy to practice at home and share their practice sessions with their Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

Schools and individuals interested in live, web-based sessions can turn to PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of over 200 highly qualified SLPs, available via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning delivers convenient, affordable speech-language therapy that improves outcomes. To find out more, visit: / or call 415.512.9000.