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SmallTalk DAF/FAF anti-stuttering device with Bluetooth kit

In online stuttering forums when someone asks about a stuttering treatment, other people respond, “That doesn’t work.”

Why are persons who stutter so sure that “nothing works”? Hundreds of studies have reported positive results. Most stuttering therapy reviews are five stars.

Our free e-book explains how each stuttering therapy works, how to maximize its effectiveness, and what to do if a therapy doesn’t work for you.

The short version:

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For pre-school children, the evidence-based stuttering therapies are Lidcombe and Westmead. For school-age children, teenagers, and adults, the evidence-based treatments are fluency shaping therapy, DAF/FAF devices, MPI therapy, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). To make these therapies work,

  • combine evidence-based therapies
  • outside the speech clinic
  • in stressful conversations
  • openly and without hiding stuttering
  • without errors or stuttering
  • with increasing speed and force
  • and talk a lot!

Combine evidence-based therapies. Our DAF/FAF devices support fluency shaping therapy. Slow down by stretching vowels. Relax your breathing, vocal folds, and lips, jaw, and tongue. Feel stress disappear as you sound calm and confident.

Outside the speech clinic. Our devices work in speech clinics, on telephone calls, and in face-to-face conversations. Over time, your fluency improves and you need the device less and less (carryover fluency). There’s no need to wear a device all day, for the rest of your life.

Stressful conversations. Stuttering is a dopaminergic disorder, in the family with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dopaminergic disorders manifest under stress. Speech therapy in a relaxed, quiet speech clinic does not carry over to stressful conversations outside of the speech clinic. Practicing alone at home does not carry over to stressful conversations. Two of our devices plug into telephones, making it easy to do speech therapy on phone calls.

Openly and without hiding stuttering. Don’t try to wear your device inconspicuously. Use the headset in stressful speaking situations. Tell the listener that you stutter and show them your anti-stuttering device. Listeners will ask you questions about stuttering. After that the conversation is no longer stressful. Take the headset off when you’re relaxed and work on staying fluent.

Speech without errors or stuttering. Our devices make slow, 100% fluent speech easy and relaxing. The devices are adjustable from 10x slow to normal speech (two seconds to 0.2 seconds per syllable). Adjust the device to faster speaking rates as your speech improves.

Increasing speed and force. Motor learning, whether it’s for physical therapy, sports coaching, or stuttering, starts with slow, deliberate, accurate muscle movements. Then increase speed and force while maintaining on-target movement. Fluency shaping that stops with slow, relaxed speech fails to transfer outside the speech clinic. Practice fluency shaping on a freeway overpass or, as Demosthenes did, at the seashore speaking over crashing waves. Start each syllable with gentle phonation and then increase volume until you’re LOUD!

Talk a lot! Tell strangers that your speech therapist wants you to introduce yourself to more people. (I met one of my girlfriends with this line.) Join a stuttering support group. Join Toastmasters. Call your friends and relatives to chat. Ask for a customer-facing role on your job.

How do DAF and FAF work?

With delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency-altered auditory feedback (FAF) you’ll hear your voice altered (slowed and shifted to a deeper pitch):

  • Your speech will sound slow, relaxed, and confident.
  • You’ll have improved vocal awareness and control.
  • Makes fluency shaping stuttering therapy easy to do anywhere, anytime.

Over time your speech improves and you need the device less and less (carryover fluency).

DAF and FAF correct neurological abnormalities associated with stuttering.

Free for most Americans

Most states provide stuttering therapy devices to treat stammering

Eight states provide our devices free to qualified persons who stutter. 25 more states will consider persons who stutter on a case-by-case basis. The VA provides our devices to approved veterans in every state. If you’re looking for a job your state’s vocational rehab may pay for speech therapy, provide a device, and help you get hired. More discounts and subsidies.

Proven effective in 20+ studies

Stuttering treatments devices are effective for stammering therapy

Casa Futura Technologies devices reduced stuttering 70% in nine severe adults who stutter. They used the devices thirty minutes per day, without speech therapy. After three months they had 55% carryover fluency (when speaking without the devices) and no significant drop from the 70% effectiveness when wearing the devices (Van Borsel, 2003). More studies.

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Casa Futura Technologies
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 11 reviews
 by Carissa L
Great Support, Knowledgeable Vendor

I am an SLP who trialed the SmallTalk device with a client of mine who stutters. I worked directly with the owner of Casa Futura Technologies and cannot recommend him enough. He was knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, and provided wonderful support for myself and my client. He was very responsive to my many emails/questions and provided device training to myself and my patient via a Zoom meeting. The SmallTalk device itself was small, discreet, and easy to operate with Mr. Kehoe's instructions. I felt that he really had my client's best interest at heart and was honest with me regarding limitations of the device if used with bluetooth technology. I had a very positive experience working with this vendor and learned a lot. If you are clinician considering a device for one of your patients, I highly encourage you to reach out to Mr. Kehoe.

 by Kevin Young
New life new beginning

For over twenty plus years, I have suffered from a speech impediment that almost crippled my well-sense of being. Always having trouble following up with folks or how to just carry on a conversation and it that has been my downfall. Then it came in the mail. I tried on the device and from the moment it was turned on my life changed. My mom, sister and friends say how smooth my speech is and that they can hear every word.

I am just in awe with this device!! As soon as it came in the mail, my heart drop but I was extremely hesitant to try it out once I got home. After my first use of the machine and being able to have a whole conversation with friends and family, I knew change has come. Being able to pronounce words that I thought I would never say has brought so much joy! Thank you, sir. You are a miracle worker

Thank you so much, sir. Can’t stop smiling and it helped me give up smoking :-)

You deserve an award for this accomplishment. Thank you for giving me back control .

 by Bob Fay

I've stuttered for a lifetime and have participated in many speech therapies, none of which helped. About the age of 50, I discovered the device which was amazing and that helped tremendously. I highly recommend it's use. Using the device gave immediate fluency, the confidence and the feedback that I could really speak without stuttering. I used the device on a regular basis and discovered that a lot of stuttering is a "learned behavior" (habit) that creates needless fear of speaking. The unit allows me to comfortable slow my rate of speaking, actually hear my fluency, as well as breath normally. Gradually I stopped using Small Talk as my fluency improved. From time to time I'll reuse the device when my speech becomes sloppy and it's use gets me back to normal. It's great to pick up the unit whenever I want to get back on track...that independent, "can do feeling," is wonderful!

 by Mr. Lu
I am so happy! You are really a Genius!

I am so happy! All the day, I want to say "You are a Genius! Thomas are really a Genius!" I never expect the effect of the device are so powerful!

My original wish is just the anti-stuttering device's cooperating with fluency shaping techniques can help our people who stutter (PWS) achieve fluency.

But until now, I can achieve fluency in the precondition that I have not used any fluency shaping techniques to do any control.

Your device brings instant results!

Most important of all is that it also works under high stress situations!

In the day that I received the device, I have tried that device in many place. At first, I tried to contact strangers to speak in the phone, I was so surprised to speak very fluently. Then I come to restaurant to order the food, I could insist to say anything that I really would like to express fluently.

I am really so excited! This device can help me overcome obstacles, and let me restore the ability to do lots of things which was limited by fluency disorders in the past several years.

Also, I agreed that the AAF device itself can help PWS achieve 80% fluency. The device combined with a very little fluency skills can let PWS achieve 100% fluency easily. Note, PWS may benefit very little or nothing from the simple fluency shaping techniques of speech therapy, because that may not work under high stress situations or have to rely on lots of daily speech practice to maintain fragile fluency. Therefore, not recommend spend huge money to do the very expensive speech therapy, which may benefit PWS very little. Instead, the best treatment nowadays, is the AAF device combined with a little control of fluency shaping techniques.

 by Anonymous

I am a closet stutterer. There are only a handful of people professionally who probably know that I stutter (in my personal life there is only my family that knows, but this includes my extended family including in-laws, etc). Part of my job requires participating in, and in many instances faciltating large conference calls where there can be 5-10 or more people on the call. In this meetings, there are frequently attendees whose names are very difficult for me to say, and sometimes impossible depending on where I need to use the name in a sentence.

Within days of receiving SmallTalk, and for the first time in my life, I was able to say some (I have not tried all of them yet) of those names in what to me is a difficult circumstance to speak in (conference call). A key reason why I believe SmallTalk is so effective over the phone is because I am able to hear my (delayed/altered) voice in the same headphones as the conference call, and the immediate effect was a substantial reduction in the vocal tension that always accompanies this circumstance. In addition, I also feel that it was beneficial that the Smalltalk is not voice activated, since the first words that I may need to say are the ones that I am having the most trouble with. To say that this experience was liberating is an understatement.

 by Robert Grider, SLP

Thanks—At session to set up Patient and Mom loved the SmallTalk. It was amazing the improved speech and reading he had.

Robert Grider, SLP
Minnesota Voice & Speech Clinic

 by Shane Furnish
Wow what a difference

I got my small talk and wow what a difference it has already made I went to the mall and spoke to everyone who was wanting to talk and I even went to the drive thru and had no issues with the person understanding me. Still waiting to get it approved to use at work might have to get the throat mic before it will get approved but cant wait till everyone who comes to me at work with questions to be able to explain things to them without it taking forever to get it out and them to understand me.

Thanks a lot of coming up with this device Speecheasy has nothing on you.

I watched the video it came with and I do not completely understand the stretching the vowel exercise but maybe I'll catch on. It was a great video about you are in theater that's great I would love to have an opportunity like that.

Very nice to have found out about you and use your device.

Shane Furnish
Prentiss High Bay

 by Eric
Made a big difference in my speech

My name is Eric; I'm twelve years old. I have used the SmallTalk with the headphones since July.

I began speech therapy when I was five and continued when I went to public school because I was having trouble with my sounds and was very dysfluent. I was diagnosed as being a stutterer, although I never stuttered. My speech was terrible and no one understood me. Every year I had a new speech teacher who used ineffective ways to talk. In fourth grade I began private speech therapy.

Private speech therapy worked better for me than school therapy. I only worked on my "r" sounds and not dysfluency. My speech therapist did not think I stuttered, but did not know what I was doing. My speech therapist received a call from another client's mother inquiring about cluttering. After reading an article about cluttering, she realized that I had tachyphemia. Unlike stuttering, tachyphemia is not a speech disorder. It is a rare neurological disorder. This disorder does not improve with traditional stuttering therapy. So Ms J. ordered the SmallTalk for me after I agreed to wear it and attend therapy every day for the rest of summer.

When I started school, everybody understood me better and paid attention when I talked to them. At first, I tried to wear the headphones the entire school day, but it was too hard so I didn't wear them at all. So then I changed to just wearing them for two hours. I'm wearing headphones so I don't have to listen to other noises while using my SmallTalk.

The SmallTalk is easy to use; I usually "wire up" in the morning for my Public Speaking class around 9 AM, and I wear the headphones until lunch around 12 noon. After I take SmallTalk system off, I store it in my laptop case so I always know where it is. After some difficulty, I now remember to take it home, so I can try to use it at home.

I don't really think it is difficult to use the SmallTalk because I only use it 3 hour a day. This system has made a big difference in my speech because I am fluent and talk more slowly. My friends and teachers can understand my speech for the first time.

This testimonial was dictated to Janet Mills [SLP] by Eric.

 by Helen Agnew
Success that I'd never experienced before

I trialed a DAF/FAF device from Casa Futura Technologies in the US. A simple small device half the size of a pack of cards with ear plugs or a headset (social circumstances permitting) it is portable and hides well in clothing. The rate/delay of feedback in the ear, pitch and volume can be altered ranging from Darth Vader to Minnie Mouse. I plugged myself in, made some calls and it worked with success that I'd never experienced before. Interestingly Darth Vader works for business and Minnie Mouse handles social calls. This time I've ditched the self analysis. I'm so over why it works; I just need to get the job done. Any drug or device that gives a quick result and a buzz high leaves me wary of using it too much too often and it becoming just another hit and miss on a good or bad day. I save it for the phone or selective challenge situations and the 'magic box' concept seems to be holding.

It's pointless to speculate if it will work the same for you. It's genuine to tell you that this stutterer is sounding like a regular human being on the phone and that the more important the call is to get it right the wider the grin once it's achieved. This is a tax deductable investment that has already earned it's keep on the job. I doubt the ATO would question it being a vital tool in my workplace after a simple with and without demonstration at my desk in an open plan office.

Helen Agnew
from the Australia Speak Easy newsletter

 by Josito Dondon
Miracle job

The SmallTalk really did a miracle job on my stutter, the result was amazing! I can feel it, it teaches me to relax and more calm, this device gives me self confidence! I can talk now to people and answer phones without any fear at all, also last night I attended a party, I was surprised that I can talk already even without using the device.

Thank you so much Sir!

Josito Dondon

 by M.J.L.
You should get a Nobel Prize

I think you should get a Nobel Prize for your work in the SmallTalk. It is a boon to folks like myself who can't say two words without the device, and I thank you with all my heart for your caring. Kay McNeal let me read your book, and I think it is marvelous, truly, you are such a dedicated person in your field, and again, I must thank you for being so. You remind me of my son and my husband; they are so dedicated in their work (they are trial lawyers) and they are so sincere and that's why they get good results, like yourself.

Cleveland, Ohio