Apple Music launches ‘Saylists’ to help children with speech-sound disorders

Apple Music has added 173 tracks to the playlist, including Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now and Fatboy Slim’s Right Now.


According to sources, Apple Music has collaborated with Rothco and Warner Music to develop a collection of ‘Saylists’ playlists of over a hundred songs to assist young listeners with speech-sound disorders.


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According to a BBC story, the streaming service and Warner Music used algorithms to recognise songs with difficult sounds for young children with speech-sound disabilities, especially those that repeat the sounds.


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According to the report, Apple Music has added 173 tracks to the playlist, including Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now and Fatboy Slim’s Right Now. It also claims that the algorithm examined the lyrics of all 70 million songs in Apple’s catalogue and found the tracks that would most often reproduce certain sounds before adding them to the playlist.


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Speech sound disorder, also known as an articulation disorder or a phonological disorder, is a term used to describe the problems encountered by children who are unable to say sounds by the age of six.


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Typical sounds like mm, n, h, w, p, b, t, d, k, and g are learned early on, but more difficult sounds like y, v, s, sh, ch, j, ng, th, z, l, and r are learned by the age of four, along with all other speech sounds, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (or ASHA).


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“Every speech and language therapist wants to keep children engaged during the therapy sessions as well as help them generalize the target sounds, both in school and at home”, said Anna Biavati-Smith, speech and language therapist, “Saylists provide a fun, new way to practise the sounds I teach them – without feeling pressured or getting bored. Having fun is the first step to learning”.