Apple Music has partnered with Rothco and Warner Music to create a series of playlists with over 100 tracks called ‘Saylists’ with the aim of helping young listeners with speech problems.
According to a BBC report, the broadcasting service and Warner Music rely on algorithms for identifying challenging songs for young children with speech problems, especially those repeating sounds.
To date Apple Music has added 173 tracks to the playlist and tracks include Dua Lipa’s Do Not Start Now, and Right Right by Fatboy Slim, according to the report. It also claims that the algorithm analyzes the names of all the music in Apple’s 70 million song catalog and identifies tracks that will repeat those sounds several times before listing them.
Speech problems are also known as articulation disorder or phonological disorder and are used to describe problems faced by children who do not make sounds when they reach the right age. It usually sounds like mm, n, h, w, p, b, t, d, k, and g are read early, but some sounds are like y, v, s, sh, ch, j, ng, th , z, l, and r are the most difficult and are learned by age four and all other speech sounds, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (or ASHA).
“Every speech and language therapist wants to keep children involved during treatment and to help them make the right sounds, both at school and at school. Glossaries offer a fun, new way to make the sounds I teach – without feeling stressed or bored. Recreation is the first step in learning, ”says Anna Biavati-Smith, a speech and language therapist.