Speech synthesis, which is often abbreviated TTS for text-to-speech, has been helping individuals for decades. Take, for instance, scientist and great mind Stephen Hawking who communicates through a speech-generating device every day. TTS has become so common that it’s available for just about everyone through apps on smartphones and more. But it wasn’t until those apps became used in the classroom that researchers found them to help students with dyslexia.
Different apps can give students self-efficiency and a newfound grasp on learning that they didn’t have before. The apps can read aloud to students who have trouble reading and help them with the process of learning how to read. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has been working to integrate TTS apps and devices into the classroom and sees them as a tool to learning instead of a crutch that students may become reliant upon. Just as technology in classrooms has become an essential part of learning and child psychiatry, TTS and other innovations are improving the learning process and improving quality of life and the quality of education for students.