App for Speech Development for Students with ASD

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: edies12c0043
Agency Tracking Number: edies12c0043
Amount: $149,800.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-12-20
Small Business Information
2 Arden Lane, Sheltpn, CT, 06484-
DUNS: 830262445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rob Tedesco
Business Contact
 Rob Tedesco
Research Institution
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are severe neurodevelopmental disabilities characterized by deficits in social and communication skills and the presence of restrictive, repetitive behaviors. For the 80 percent of individuals with ASDs who speak, prosody—the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech—is among the most noticeable and chronic impairments. Prosodic speech deficits impede social interaction, and limit participation in vocational, recreational and learning activities. This project team is developing a prototype of SpeechPrompts, a multi-faceted speech therapy application (app) for phones and tablets to engage students with ASD in a variety of customizable therapy exercises to address strengths and challenges. The app will capture student speech, provide response in real-time, reward target behaviors, and track performance. The app will be designed for both home and in-school use. Pilot research in Phase I will seek to demonstrate that the software prototype functions as planned, the product can be used by service providers, and students are engaged by the prototype.

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