You might know someone that stutters but a new device promises to help cure stuttering in a matter of seconds. Zachary Taylor is one tough kid only one hurdle slows him down. Words! An experimental device could help and 3 million other Americans who stutter.
Introducing the Speak Easy device, it transforms many people who have this problem. This little gizmo is a tiny PA system. It plays the person's voice back into their own ear with a slight delay and change in pitch.
When Zachary's mum first heard about this device she did not think her son needed it. After all he is one of the best students in his third grade class. Until recently at a bike race when an older boy mimicked his speech, and he let his fists do the talking.
His mum brought him to Portland to a speech pathologist, trained to fit people with the anti stuttering device. Only a few children have ever tried it before, so the pathologist was not quite sure what would happen when he fitted the device into Zachary's ear.
At first it was a little bit of a disappointed. But then the pitch of the device was raised, everybody smiled especially the pathologist who knows first hand the power of a piece of plastic to change lives. He too has a stuttering problem and wishes this device was around when he was eight.
The inventors of Speech Easy say that stuttering is hot wired into kids about the age of twelve, children under the age of twelve like Zachary might develop normal speech patterns by wearing the device. This device is not cheap. It costs $4,000 and is not covered by insurance.