Tally

My best friend in (I believe) 4th grade had a quite pronounced speech impediment. Not too long after we met, he began a new therapy where he would click a physical counter every time he misspoke or stuttered, and keep track of the number of times he stuttered (and noticed it) over time.

It took me a while to find someone online discussing this technique (it turns out the keyword here is ‘tally counter’). As discussed here, the practice “strengthens […] self-monitoring skills across contexts”. Obviously, this has some appeal to me, despite not having a speech impediment. I love cross contextual skill strengthening – although of course I’m extremely skeptical of that website, which also claims these are “fun”.

So I made a little widget for this. Not too original or distinct, but it meets the needs of this task exactly. I’ll be using it to monitor one bad habit I have in particular, and see if it helps. I’m pretty optimistic, and hopefully this will help other kids with speech impediments save, not just the couple bucks it would take to try this therapy (the clickers are pretty cheap), but the access to a credit card, which many kids don’t have.

Tally