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Online Music-based Game for Children with Speech- Language Delays/Disorders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: 91990019C0023
Agency Tracking Number: 91990019C0023
Amount: $199,451.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 91990019R0011
Solicitation Number: 91990019R0011
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-24
Small Business Information
1127 18TH ST APT 4
Santa Monica, CA 90403
United States
DUNS: 080433586
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Sonnenchein
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 David Sonnenchein
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

The game, which is used by children alone or in tandem with a special education practitioner or caregiver, supports children in understanding and expressing musical patterns, and in learning to sing songs before speaking. This project will extend the existing version by developing a prototype that includes additional songs for increased speech-language learning outcomes, an animated onscreen singer to support children, and automated reports for practitioners to monitor progress and individualize subsequent instructional practice. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 30 preschool-aged children with speech delays, the researchers will examine whether the new prototype functions as planned, if practitioners can understand and find the data generated by the reports useful, and if children show promise for increasing engagement and performance in recognizing select target words and in the speech of these words.

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