Impacting the world of people with a communication disorders and their families Barbara Fernandes, M.S; CCC-SLP Smarty Ears™, LLC
Total 36.5 Million Americans have some form of communication disorder. Stuttering ? Articulation Stroke Difficulty Swallowing Voice Language Autism
Challenges within Speech Therapy Shortage!! In 2000, there were 88,000 speech-language pathologists in the United States. ( We need 120,000). IDEA Growing Spanish speaking population – lack of materials Overwhelming majority of materials are printed- expensive & inaccessible to parents.
The reality of technology for communication disorders Mightymo: $2989-3279 Minimo : $2669-2959 DV4 : $7515 MT4 : $6879 Who pays the price? Parents, School districts & Medicaid
We are trying to solve them: Innovation Leader in Speech & Language Therapy Technology
Technology + Speech & Language Therapy Health Community Impacting our Environment
Improving the quality of life of individuals with a communication disorder;
Improving the quality of services delivered to them;
- reduces / eliminates waste caused by printed materials - Culturally and Linguistically diverse individuals;
world wide community!
Smarty Ears Affordable - $29.99 X $ 364; Parents are able to practice with their children at home to maximize therapy time; We are green! Products being released in a variety of languages – Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish & English already available Portable & fun! 11 apps in 3 months! In a variety of areas : Language, Fluency, Articulation, Bilingual.
Challenges Available to iPhone & iPod users as of today; Capital – “A salary only goes so far”; One person company.
The future… Expand into iPad market Expand into other Smart Phone industries Increase the number of languages and products available Expand into other health care professions; The possibilities are endless!
We are not solving it all but we are for sure trying!