NEWS AND EVENTS
CDSLP is beginning to assemble our summer schedule. Please notify the front desk of your child's summer availability as soon as possible. Openings are first come, first serve and we will make every effort to accommodate all patients the best we can. Please be mindful that a day/time preference may not be available. We ask for your patience, flexibility and understanding while we organize our schedule at this time. Our summer schedule is set to transition on Monday, June 10, 2019.
We hope that our patient's and their families have a safe and happy summer!
Please inform the front desk immediately of any changes to your schedule for Spring Break. The front desk will inform you of any therapist absences at this time. We will have limited availability the week of spring break, April 22 through 26.
Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology is proudly participating in this year's Walk for Autism at Cape Henlopen State Park on April 6, 2019! Please feel free to join our team and support a great cause! Please see our team page below to be a team member! Together, with your support, we can reach our fundraising goal!
Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 with us along with other businesses and organizations around the WORLD! We have a full supply of fun, mismatched socks that can be purchased for a donation of $1 at our office (while supplies last). ALL proceeds will go to the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. Donate $1, pick a pair, and ROCK YOUR SOCKS!
Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology Inc. would like to invite our patients and colleagues as our honored guests to attend a celebratory 10th year anniversary of the facility, and to introduce you to our new partners, Donna Ortelli, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Christine Stang, M.S., CCC-SLP. Our open house reception will take place on Thursday September 21st from 5:30-8:30pm at our main office site, 541 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901.
Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology Inc. was incorporated in 2008, and at the time consisted of sole founding owner, Kathleen Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP, providing care to pediatric patients in a single office room. Across the last ten years, the practice has relocated and grown to a multi-specialty facility with over 12 providers. We accept all major insurances and have worked with a majority of local school districts, charter schools, and state programs. Our therapists are known across Delaware for the results we achieve with our young patients and students and for the professionalism and efficiency of our staff.
The therapists at Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology Inc. are experts in diagnosing and treating children and young adults with speech and language delays and disorders, such as articulation impairment, expressive-receptive language impairment, fluency disorder, voice disorder, and speech-language manifestations secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various genetic disorders. We also offer behavioral treatment through partnership with ABC Consultants and have recently added Occupational Therapy to accommodate patient requests for this area of need.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to network with our families and colleagues, and the others we have invited, to offer the best care to our patients. Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment will be provided for your enjoyment, as well as an open house tour of the facility. We request that you RSVP to our office manager, Kelly Owens, at 302-674-3350 by September 10th so we may plan accordingly. We look forward to getting the word out about coming developments to our practice and exciting opportunities to serve our patients.
CDSLP is proud to Announce New Partners, Donna Ortelli, M.S., CCC-SLP (left) and Christine Stang, M.S., CCC-SLP (right)!
Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology Inc. is extremely proud to announce the launch of our VICTORY BELL.
Our young patients come before or after a full day of school. They come on the weekend. They come when they are tired. They come when they are frustrated. They come when other kids are out playing or sleeping in, and they come to do work that is inherently hard for them to do. We witness the sacrifices of our young patients and their families as they work to become their best selves and to better their lives.
We believe they deserve to be celebrated.
This Victory Bell is a small way to celebrate the many victories we are witness to each and every week – first words, accomplished goals, graduation from speech therapy, improved grades, and many others. Our therapists will invite the children to come and ring the bell for major accomplishments. Parents may choose to share major accomplishments with our staff, and staff members may invite the children to come be recognized.
We invite all of our patients and families to help us honor these accomplishments by standing, clapping, congratulating, and honoring a child when the bell is rung.
(Respect will be given to auditory sensitivity and session start and end times to avoid disruption of services)
Summer is here!! We wish all of our families a safe and enjoyable summer!
Our office staff have been very hard at work developing our summer schedule. While we are currently on a wait list for new appointments, we expect openings in August. Please contact our office in advance to add new appointments or change appointment times.
Please help us in congratulating Joey Sclesky on his new position at Dover Downs!!
Joey has been an invaluable member of our team, and was named Employee of the Year in 2015.
While we will certainly miss seeing his smiling face and hearing his Disney quotes, we are excited with Joey and his family and team members through the POWR Program on this great opportunity for him.
Best wishes for success in the future Joey! We know you will do great things!
CDSLP is proud to announce the launch of our speech-language services in LEWES, DELAWARE as of February 2016. We offer evaluations and treatment for a variety of speech-language disorders, including articulation delay/disorder, child language delay/disorder, apraxia, fluency disorder/stuttering, phonological disorders, social skill impairments, and reading/writing weaknesses. Our sessions include 30 minutes of direct time with an American Speech-Language Hearing Association certified and Delaware-licensed speech-language pathologist. We hire specifically for experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating child language impairments. Our therapists work with children affected by autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, and a wide range of other presentations, and are well-versed in augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and feeding needs.
Delaware Teen Gets a New Voice
Originally published by Newsworks on April 2, 2013
Many Americans use assistive technology to allow them to speak with computer-generated voices. These voices have improved in quality in the last few decades, but are still rather robotic sounding and impersonal.
Teenager Haley Shiber speaks in a polished, mature voice. It comes out of a hot pink tablet computer attached to her wheelchair.
The Smyrna, Del., 16-year-old has cerebral palsy and a comprehensive, degenerative neuromuscular disorder. She uses switches on her wheelchair headrest to tell the speech program on her computer to produce words, jokes, and programmed phrases she can articulate quickly.
"My hobbies are riding my bike, going to see the Phillies, the opera, plays, and 4-H and art," she said, in one such phrase.
Synthetic voices such as the one Haley uses have become easier on the ear in the past few decades, as the companies creating them strove for easy understandability. But they retain a distinct synthetic quality, one that isolates Haley, according to her mother, Debbie Shiber.
"The roboticness gets in the way of actually developing relationships," Shiber said. "It's accepted by us because, you know, that's just her voice. But it would be wonderful if she had a more natural quality to her voice."
The problem with synthetic voices is not just that they are, by nature, synthetic sounding. There are a limited number of voices to choose from, which makes it difficult for users of assistive communication devices to find a voice that matches their age and personality. Haley's voice, for example, sounds a bit too grownup for a 16-year-old wearing neon pink shoelaces and teal-tinged glasses.
Experts say it gets worse: It is not uncommon for two or three people to be talking with assistive technology, all in the same room together, all in the exact same voice.
Giving Haley her own voice
This is where Tim Bunnell steps in. Bunnell is head of the Speech Research Lab at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. His goal is to give people their own voice for the first time.
"What we're trying to do is develop personal voices for people," Bunnell said. "So that everyone would have their own unique voice and be able to impose on it an identity that they can identify with."
Haley Shiber is the first test case for Bunnell's team.
Years ago, before she lost the ability to make any utterances during a critical surgery, Debbie Shiber recorded the sounds her daughter could make.
Recently, Bunnell dusted off those recordings and isolated a pure vowel sound from Haley's vocalizations. Using software his team developed, he imposed the essence of that pure vowel sound onto a homemade synthetic voice he created using voice samples from a donor child. The resulting voice contained Haley's voice quality and sounded younger, albeit choppier, than her old voice.
Bunnell recently loaded the new voice onto Haley's computer when the family visited his Wilmington office.
"As a mother you never forget what your child's voice sounds like, " said Shiber, who was moved to tears the first time she heard the new voice. "Hearing the voice quality ... it was just very emotional, because we haven't heard Haley's voice since 2006."
A new generation of synthetic voices
Bunnell's team originally developed the software for voice banking, to allow people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and similar disorders to quickly create synthetic versions of their own voices for later use.
The technology is currently in beta testing under the name "ModelTalker Speech Synthesis System." ALS patients and others can record voice samples at home, then send them to the company to be morphed into personalized synthetic voices.
The quality of the resulting voices vary greatly, however, largely because of the amount of data that goes into them. The homemade voices, including the voices for the ALS patients and the one Bunnell created for Haley, are based on about 45 minutes of recorded voice samples. Commercial voices use hours, sometimes dozens of hours, of speech, creating a much smoother voice that is easier to understand.
Before Bunnell gives new voices to any other test patients, he is developing a brand-new approach to create smoother, more professional-sounding personalized voices.
"Rather than record snippets of speech, we will actually have computers modeling how that speech is generated in the vocal tract," Bunnell said. "So that it is a model, if you will, rather than a copy of the speech."
Bunnell and a collaborator at Northeastern University will use measurements of vocal tract length, oral cavity width and other data to create this next generation of voices.
For now, the Shibers are glad Haley has a voice to call her own.