It is official! Our very own Founder and CEO will be presenting ( once again) at the Asha convention. The 2014 convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing association is set to take place in Orlando between November 20-22 of 2014. Barbara Fernandes has presented numerous times at the annual convention. This year she will be presenting on the topic area of Business & Management.
The session is set to take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM.
The session title is: Efficient Caseload management Across Apps.
Smarty Ears has not only been the leader in app development for speech, language and communication apps, but also has started to push the development of the first apps in languages other than English for promoting language and speech development. Smarty Ears is proud to announce the release of WhQuestions in three additional languages: French, Spanish & Portuguese.
WhQuestions was initially released in January of 2010, and it was one of the first speech therapy apps on the app store. Since its conception and initial release, WhQuestions has gone through many updates and improvements. Most of what users see today is a result of a lot of hard work from all of our team members. The current version of WhQuestions, version 3.6, contains both a receptive and an expressive task. The receptive task was also introduced on this latest version of the app.
Barbara Fernandes, Smarty Ears CEO, has always had a commitment for offering apps in as many languages as possible. Smarty Ears already offers over 10 apps in Portuguese ( www.sefono.com), several in Spanish ( www.espanol.smartyearsapps.com ) , two in French and one in German.
If you are in the New York area and looking for a great way to become proficient on using the iPad to provide speech and language therapy you should not miss, Barbara’s presentation titled: Understanding and Setting Up the iPad as a Therapy Tool The workshop is set to take place in New York City on October 26, 2014.
Course Description: This workshop will provide speech-language pathologists with a wealth of information regarding the powerful features and possibilities for the iPad. Many of the built in features make “iDevices” accessible and flexible which open up many possibilities for all students and especially those with disabilities. You will learn to use the built in features, find appropriate apps and explore accessories to maximize learning. The iPad is more than a device. It is a game changer not only for SLPs and teachers but also for parents and most importantly children. With exponentially increased possibilities, one needs to understand the basic principles of the “iWorld” including upgrading operating systems, purchasing and upgrading apps when they become available, using accessibility features and identifying key features that make it an invaluable tool. Attendees will explore issues related to privacy and student confidentiality as well as accessories for the iPad. This workshop is a hands-on workshop that will give participants the knowledge necessary to effectively use the iPad as an educational and therapy tool. Participants are encouraged to bring their iPads but for those without, iPads will be shared. For more information and to register visit: http://www.therapeuticservicesinc.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=154
Over the last four years, Smarty Ears and Bilinguistics have been working on the first and only articulation app fully standardized on the iPad. The Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment has been available on the app store since 2011 as a non-standardized qualitative assessment of Spanish only articulation and phonology skills. In 2012, BAPA was updated to include one of its kind feature on any bilingual assessment for articulation: the ability to evaluate both English and Spanish skills for each student. The application was also able to be used by English speaking speech-language-pathologists to assess English speaking students. BAPA quickly became one of the most versatile assessment options for evaluators, as it permitted the assessment of students regardless of their primary language.
In 2014, Smarty Ears updated BAPA to its version 2.0 to include standardization. This is a ground breaking advancement for speech pathologist who up until now had to rely only on bulky and outdated paper based evaluation tools, or on qualitative assessments of articulation and phonology on the iPad.
“We are very excited about the release of the version 2.0 of BAPA. As a speech-pathologist who did primarily evaluations with Spanish speaking students all over the Dallas area, having an iPad application that can automatically not only provide me with standard scores immediately after an evaluation but also an automated report, I can say this is one of the most exciting contributions I have made in my profession,” said Smarty Ears CEO Barbara Fernandes.
It is very important that English speaking speech-pathologist understand that the use of the term “Bilingual” on the name of the application, does not refer to the fact that the app was designed to be used only by bilingual SLPs, but to the fact that it can be used to assess two languages: English or Spanish or both.
Smarty Ears has been on the forefront as the only app developer to create iPad based assessments for speech pathologists. Smarty Ears has released evaluation tools for language, basic concept skills, phonological awareness skills and of course articulation.