PlayTalk Communication Software for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HD059231-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: HD059231
Amount: $113,854.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2009-2
Small Business Information
INVOTEK, INC.
INVOTEK, INC., 1026 RIVERVIEW DR, ALMA, AR, 72921
DUNS: 956866784
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 THOMAS JAKOBS
 (479) 632-4166
 TJAKOBS@INVOTEK.ORG
Business Contact
 THOMAS JAKOBS
Phone: (479) 632-4166
Email: tjakobs@invotek.org
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There is an urgent need for speech generating devices that meet the needs of young children with complex communication needs. The proposed project responds to this need by developing innovative software that will: (a) appeal to young children by integrating play and communication; (b) be easy for young children to learn and use; and (c) be easy and fast for parents and professionals to program on the fly within interactions with their children to ensure that the children have access to the language that they require to communicate and learn. We will develop a prototype of the proposed system that children with complex communication needs, their parents, and communication professionals will evaluate. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The proposed research aims to enable young children with complex communication needs to participate more fully in meaningful social interactions thereby facilitating communication, language, and cognitive development.

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