App for Speech Development for Students with ASD

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,800.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
edies12c0043
Agency Tracking Number:
edies12c0043
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Handhold Adaptive, LLC
2 Arden Lane, Sheltpn, CT, 06484-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830262445
Principal Investigator:
Rob Tedesco
robtedesco@handholdadaptive.com
Business Contact:
Rob Tedesco
robtedesco@handholdadaptive.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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