Using AI for Speech Therapy


Kevin Cunningham

Many exciting tools are coming online for using AI for speech therapy. AI allows speech-language pathologists, parents, and teachers to quickly develop customized materials to grow communication skills. AI (artificial intelligence) refers to technology that gives computers the ability to learn without being specifically programmed what to do. These tools open the door to many possible uses for speech therapy. At Take Back Speech Therapy, we use to meet clients’ individualized goals and build their autonomy.

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Using AI for speech therapy has the potential to create functional, interesting therapy materials. As the technology rapidly grows, here are some early uses.

Image generation AI for speech therapy

Multiple AI models currently allow users to create individualized images based on a text prompt. I currently use the Microsoft Bing Image Generator. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, create one today to use for free. Image generation has a lot of uses for speech therapy:

  • Create interesting images for connected speech tasks
  • Develop new visual therapy materials to work on specific language skills
  • Have a client generate an image based on what she says to build vocabulary and sentence structure

I love working on story-telling in therapy, and it is fun and powerful for clients to see their stories illustrated before their eyes.

AI for speech therapy example

This image was created by the client prompt of “a pirate chasing a dog”

Leveled text creation with AI

Parents, teachers, and speech-language pathologists can also use AI to create texts for a particular reading level based on a client’s interests. Using texts that are relevant and interesting to clients boosts buy-in and autonomy for clients. Texts can be used for literacy or listening (auditory) comprehension activities. I use Diffit for Teachers which is currently free. It can create texts and associated questions in minutes. I will help support clients in choosing the topic and even create the prompt for Diffit as part of person-centered care.

Using AI to create word lists and practice material

If you a speech-pathologist bored of the dog-eared flash cards, you might find AI helpful in creating fresh stimuli for improving phonological or articulation skills. I use Chat GPT which can be used with a free account. For example, if you were working on improving breath control, you could create home practice materials in seconds:

Using ChatGPT to create word list

Using AI for speech therapy is only limited by your creativity. As with every therapy tool, any AI generated content should be carefully reviewed for suitability for a licensed speech-language pathologist before using with a client.

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