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Impact Awards Presentation

  1. 1. Impacting the world of people with a communication disorders and their families<br />Barbara Fernandes, M.S; CCC-SLP<br />Smarty Ears™, LLC<br />
  2. 2. Total <br />36.5 Million Americans have some form of communication disorder.<br />Stuttering <br />?<br />Articulation <br />Stroke <br />Difficulty Swallowing <br />Voice <br />Language <br />Autism <br />
  3. 3. Challenges within Speech Therapy<br />Shortage!! In 2000, there were 88,000 speech-language pathologists in the United States. ( We need 120,000). <br />IDEA<br />Growing Spanish speaking population – lack of materials <br />Overwhelming majority of materials are printed- expensive & inaccessible to parents.<br />
  4. 4. Paper & Pencil Materials<br /><ul><li>Printing & reprint
  5. 5. Storage & portability</li></ul>HearBuilder Phonological Awareness - $149<br />Webber Interactive " CD-ROM- $49.99<br />100 Grammar Tickle Stories : $29.99<br />400 Webber Sign Language Cards : $11.99<br />PPVT/EVT™ Combo $400<br />
  6. 6. The reality of technology for communication disorders<br />Mightymo: $2989-3279<br />Minimo : $2669-2959<br />DV4 : $7515<br />MT4 : $6879<br />Who pays the price?<br /> Parents, School districts & Medicaid <br />
  7. 7. We are trying to solve them:<br />Innovation Leader in Speech & Language Therapy Technology<br />
  8. 8. Technology + Speech & Language Therapy<br />Health<br />Community<br />Impacting our Environment<br /><ul><li>Improving the quality of life of individuals with a communication disorder;
  9. 9. Improving the quality of services delivered to them; </li></ul>- reduces / eliminates waste caused by printed materials<br />- Culturally and Linguistically diverse individuals;<br /><ul><li>world wide community!</li></li></ul><li>Smarty Ears<br />Affordable - $29.99 X $ 364;<br />Parents are able to practice with their children at home to maximize therapy time;<br />We are green!<br />Products being released in a variety of languages – Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish & English already available<br />Portable & fun!<br />11 apps in 3 months! In a variety of areas : Language, Fluency, Articulation, Bilingual.<br />
  10. 10. Challenges <br />Available to iPhone & iPod users as of today;<br />Capital – “A salary only goes so far”;<br />One person company.<br />
  11. 11. The future…<br />Expand into iPad market<br />Expand into other Smart Phone industries<br />Increase the number of languages and products available<br />Expand into other health care professions;<br />The possibilities are endless!<br />
  12. 12. We are not solving it all <br /> but we are for sure trying!<br />

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