‘Select and Speak’ by iSpeech – Text-to-Speech in Google Chrome

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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3 Responses to ‘Select and Speak’ by iSpeech – Text-to-Speech in Google Chrome

  1. Monica says:

    I was wondering if anyone had any info in text to speech apps. I use Siri on the iPad and it works well. What would be the benefits of buying one of these text to speech

    • Hi Monica, Thank you for visiting. Siri is a speech recognition tool, you speak and it helps you search for information on your device. For individuals who can not read well or understand/decode print having the print read aloud reduces the need to read the information. Uses are to read information on an electronic device outloud so you can understand, read labels, news, books, etc. Some individuals with low vision need the assistance of hearing the text to access it, for others it might be a cognitive or learning disability. If you need a simple text to speech function you can use the accessibility > speech feature available with iOS 6. YOu can also choose the option of having the text highlighted that is read aloud to help individuals understand what is being read a loud.

      Hope that helps.
      Carol

    • Hi Monica, I apologize for the delay in replying to you. Text to speech apps are helpful for individuals who want to hear text spoken aloud. Students who fatigue when reading, have a hard time decoding, have difficulty seeing the text all benefit from text to speech tools. Typical students or individuals also benefit from listening to text whether electronic document, text or website, when driving, walking, running or multitasking if that works for them. It can be a great way for students to review information a second time. It would be like listening to an audio book with digitized speech output.

      Hope that helps, if you need more information, please feel free to email!
      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment (I am also impressed when people take the time to do that in their busy day!)
      Carol

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