This is another great example of how technology, in this case the iPhone, is democratizing the creation of health solutions as well as enabling their use by a broader range of people.
A new company, Smarty Ears , has released a dozen iPhone applications designed to make speech and language therapy fun for students and affordable for parents and others. It was founded by Barbara Fernandes, a young and innovative speech and language pathologist. The apps cover probes for articulation, intense practice for the /r sound, which is a common practice area for children, and even bilingual practice apps.
Previously, parents had limited access to professional speech and language materials, because they can be expensive to purchase and are promoted only to professional speech pathologists. Smarty Ears, with their iphone apps, gives empowered parents the ability to offer their children additional practice at home.