Smarty Ears has built its reputation on creating high-quality applications for the iOS devices since 2009. The company founded by Barbara Fernandes has released over sixty iOS applications to date in a variety of areas of speech, language and communication. Smarty Ears is one of the most well-known and respected in the field, and its apps have been download around the world by hundreds of thousands of users. This month, Smarty Ears is very proud to announce that it will be expanding its products to the paper based education materials by creating flashcards, games, and other materials that will help speech-language-pathologists and parents of children with special needs to practice speech and language skills.
Last month, Smarty Ears proudly released a new app, Go Sequencing, which aims to help children practice sequencing skills in a variety of areas such as self-help skills, nature, school, playing and more. The app is available on the app store and includes language options for Portuguese and Spanish. You can learn more about Go Sequencing here: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/sequencing/
This month, Smarty Ears introduces a set of flashcards: Go Sequencing: Self Help Skills. This set contains fifty five cards for a total of nine sequences all involving self-help skills. Following Smarty Ears’ tradition for higher quality, the flashcards are bigger and higher quality than a traditional flashcards speech and language clinicians are accustomed to.
Each sequence contains a total of six steps, which is also not a typical length on other materials targeting sequencing skills. This give clinicians and parents the flexibility to do simple tasks that includes what happened first or last by using only two cards, or more complex tasks using anywhere from 3 to 6 cards on each sequence.
This set contains the following sequences:
Putting on a shirt
Putting on pants
Making the bed
One of the great benefits of having a paper based product that can be paired up with an app is that the child can have the high tech solution of the virtual flashcards, audio and text within the app, and also have a more tangible traditional material that can be used by creative adults in a variety of games.
The Go Sequencing flashcards can be purchased on Amazon.com. Smarty Ears hopes to eventually have their own store within their website as their library of paper based materials is expanded to other items.This is the first step of a company that continue to innovate the field of communication sciences.
Smarty Ears was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Asha convention in Chicago! The convention hit a record attendance this year and we loved being a part of it. Our apps are loved by many clinicians and their clients and it shows during the convention. We loved attending and getting to hear the feedback from everyone at this year’s Asha convention. Thank you so much for everyone who stopped by our booth to check out some of our latest apps. Check out some of the shots we got during this year’s convention:
Tiffani Wallace enjoying her time at our booth
Lots of interest about our latest apps
Debra Kerner showing off great apps
We were always busy!
We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
Award-Winning producer of iPad apps for individuals with communication difficulties updates its iName It app in order to support iOS 7 and add two new languages, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dallas, TX – October 29, 2013 – Smarty Ears is excited to announce that it has updated its app, iName It, adding two new languages: Spanish and Portuguese. iName It was released in 2012 and developed initially for the one million English-speaking people who suffer from forms of Aphasia in the United States. Now, iName It will serve an even bigger population by reaching out to speakers of two additional languages. These individuals are unable to find the right word to describe an item, action or thing.
Since each person is different, creating an app to address everyone’s difficulty level was challenging. Clinicians had to develop a universal approach that would be suitable for all types of users. iName It combines multiple strategies that can assist patients who struggle in a wide variety of areas. The app has been effective at helping patients with different levels of communication.
iName It gives users a simple, systematic way to retrieve just the right word, using realistic visual scenes that are enhanced by the five methods of evidence-based cueing strategies. iName It allows speech therapists to use various combinations of cueing options in order to meet the requirements of each patient, regardless of their level of need. Each target word can be elicited by one or more of the available cues.
iName It is just one of the iPad apps created by certified Speech-Language Pathologists, Elizabeth Begley and Mary Pitti. iName it was developed under the guidance of seasoned app designer, Smarty Ears CEO and also speech-language pathologist Barbara Fernandes. Fernandes’ company, Smarty Ears, has developed over sixty apps for those with various communication difficulties, including children and adults in a variety of languages.
According to Mary Pitti, Clinic Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, “We’re excited to making some updates to our iName It app for iPad. By adding Spanish and Portuguese, we can now reach out and provide a tool to thousands more individuals who struggle with Aphasia around the world.”
Fernandes added, “This app has become an essential tool for SLP’s who work with those struggling with Aphasia. We zero in on basic words that people use on a daily basis. We’ve gotten great feedback from Speech-Language Pathologists in Brazil who already use one or more of our 15 apps that are available in Portuguese thus far and many of them urged us to develop a version of iName It for those who speak Portuguese.”
Smarty Ears is an award-winning company with an extensive line of educational and medical apps, many available in multiple-languages and designed to serve as tools for promoting speech and language skills to children and adults. The apps are designed for kids and adults alike and have become a favorite tool for speech pathologists and teachers working with those who have communication difficulties.
Smarty Ears has earned the “Teachers with Apps Certified Developer” certification. This Certification recognizes App Developers who consistently create educational apps for the mobile platform that are exemplary in content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience.
iName It is currently available for $14.99 and can be purchased from the iTunes app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iname-it/id486781414?mt=8. The app is compatible with an iPad running iOS 5.1 or above.
You can watch a video to learn more about iName it here:
For more information about Smarty Ears or iName It, please visit smartyearsapps.com or email at [email protected]
About Smarty Ears
Smarty Ears is an award-winning developer of educational iPad apps for children and adults. Each app is designed to educate students while making the learning experience fun and entertaining. All apps are developed by certified speech-language pathologists & teachers with years of experience and training. Smarty Ears was founded in 2009 by Barbara Fernandes, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and was the first company to create apps geared towards speech and language therapy for mobile devices.
Award-Winning producer of iPad apps for those with learning disabilities launches its newest app, Sentence Ninja. Sentence Ninja is designed to help children and adults improve their English sentence structure skills.
Desoto, TX – October 5, 2013 – Smarty Ears is pleased to announce the release of its newest educational app, “Sentence Ninja”. This app was authored by Rosie Simms and designed by Barbara Fernandes, two speech-language pathologists and it was designed to teach how to correctly build phrases and sentences in the English language.
The app is a multi-level, multi-player game that combines the latest iPad app features with today’s best understanding of how to teach English language word order on simple phrases all the way to complex sentences. Sentence Ninja uses the creative and fun Ninja theme and includes numerous features and the flexibility to teach both kids and adults how to combine words and produce grammatically correct sentences. Sentence Ninja was created as an educational tool to be used by those who are trying to learn English or by children with grammatical difficulties or recent stroke victims.
Smarty Ears is an award-winning company that is well-known for its extensive family of educational apps that promote speech and language skills in children and adults alike. The apps are often used by speech pathologists, teachers who work with special needs students, homeschooling parents, or people who are learning English as a second language.
Smarty Ears has earned the “Teachers with Apps Certified Developer” certification. This Certification recognizes App Developers who consistently develop educational apps for the mobile platform that are exemplary in content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience.
App designer and Smarty Ears founder, Barbara Fernandes, had this to say, “We are so pleased with our latest educational app and have already received very positive feedback from users. Kids, educators and parents are finding Sentence Ninja fun and easy to use. It is a great tool for individuals of all ages who need some help learning about sentence structure. Sentence Ninja is, in my opinion, one of Smarty Ears’ best productions yet!”
Sentence Ninja uses a delightful Ninja theme to engage individuals as they learn correct word order in sentences. The iPad app is easy to customize, and adaptable enough to adjust to meet everyone’s learning levels. There are 39 difficulty levels that range from simple two-word phrases to complex sentences. The app teaches and reinforces grammar rules in the English language.
A playful Ninja figure walks across stepping stones as players move from one level to the next. With each turn, words are displayed on pieces of paper. The player drags these words to a line at the bottom of the screen to form a complete sentence. If the sentence is not correct, the words return to their position and the student can try again. When a session is completed, a simple tap on the done button takes the user to a reports center where the student’s progress is shown. Users can generate certificates and win awards as they move through the levels.
About Smarty Ears Smarty Ears is an award-winning developer of educational iPad apps for children and adults. Each app is designed to educate students while making the learning experience fun and entertaining. All apps are developed by certified speech-language pathologists & teachers with years of experience and training. Smarty Ears was founded in 2009 by Barbara Fernandes, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and was the first company to create apps geared towards speech and language therapy for mobile devices.
For more information, please visit: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/sentence-ninja/
Media Contact: Jonathan Fernandes Contact @ smartyears . com Smarty Ears De Soto, TX
This is our second giveaway, and we really like doing it! This week we have two great apps to giveaway: Articulate it & Apraxia Ville. These are essential tools to your practice and we will be doing a giveaway.
Here is a little bit about these apps:
Apraxia Ville is a unique application created specifically to help children with childhood apraxia of speech and severe speech-sound disorders. With multiple levels, both vowel and consonant targets, and the ability to create custom words, Apraxia Ville is perfect for those students struggling with sound production. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, Apraxia Ville provides video modeling of consonants and vowels, word targets by syllable structure (CV, VC, CVC, CVCV, CCVC, etc…), customization of targets, and progress monitoring making it perfect for use by SLPs, special educators, and parents alike.
Articulate it! is an application designed by a certified speech-language pathologist for the iPhone and the iPad to help children practice their pronunciation skills. Articulate it! has been nominated for several awards, and mentioned as ” every speech therapists’ favorite and best” articulation application on the market. This app was designed to allows speech therapists and parents work towards improving the speech of children with speech delays.
It is that time again! How about using Smarty Ears screening & assessment apps to make your back to school days much easier and less stressful? Smarty Ears has a collection of screening and assessment apps that are perfect for the first few weeks of school. Learn more about them by watching video tutorials or reading the reviews done by professionals using these amazing tools. Check out our apps on sale until August 19th, 2013:
Description: This app is designed to help you document all observations and considerations essential to an assistive technology evaluation. ATEval2Go transfers the recording functions accomplished by paper, heavy computer equipment and other devices to the portable and easy-to-use iPad interface.
Description: The Common Core Early Language Screener (CCELS) is a screening tool used to identify weaknesses in early language skills. The CCELS was designed to be used with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten aged children; however, the screener can be used for other groups if needed. The skills assessed on the CCELS vary depending on the grade level choice selected by the evaluator.
Description: Basic Concepts Skill Screener (BCSS) is a quick, motivational screening tool created to help assess the basic concept skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, BCSS uses technology to engage clients while assessing their school readiness skills. Perfect for all levels from preschool to early elementary, BCSS assesses the concept skills needed for pre-reading and math skills. The Basic Concepts Skills Screener is sure to be a great app for the busy speech-language pathologist, teacher, parent, or caregiver. Available in Portuguese & English
Description: The Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment (BAPA) was developed for the purpose of assess-ing the articulatory and phonological abilities of Spanish-speaking and bilingual (English-Spanish) children. Best practices for assessment of speech sound disorders for bilingual children recommends an as-sessment of all languages spoken by the child. Through assessing both languages, one can more easily rule out or explain second-language influences and can describe errors observed in both languages as well as those errors specific to each language.
Description: Dysphagia2Go guides you through the evaluation process with reminders to assess medications, cranial nerves and all the areas on which any good dysphagia evaluation should focus. This app provides a thorough evaluation report template developed by speech pathologists who have drawn upon their experience in varied settings to provide extensive opportunities to record chart reviews, assessment data, and recommendations in a single document, which can then be printed or e-mailed directly from the user’s iPad. ( Soon available in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian)
Sunny Articulation Phonology Test (Everyone’s favorite)
Description: The Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test can be used to identify articulation errors patterns in children as well as adults. The Sunny Articulation Phonology Test (SAPT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identification, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals.
Description: The Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children. This evaluation can be considered as part of a full speech, language, and/or literacy evaluation or can be stand alone.
Description: The easiest, cheapest and most advanced way to track your %SS (Percentage of stuttered syllables).The Disfluency Index Counter app allows Speech and Language Therapists to perform a live count of the number of fluent or disfluent syllables. This application comes with two styles of counters: A simple and an advanced counter.
Description: In the past, when you downloaded a new Smarty Ears app you would have to add each student to the app, one by one. Now with the TRC, you enter your students on TRC only once and export all of the students at the same time to each newly downloaded or existing Smarty Ears app. This makes the process of adding students one by one to many apps a simple two-step process. In the past, if you owned 10 Smarty Ears apps, and had 40 students on your caseload, you would have to repeat the process of adding students 400 times. The TRC saves time and makes the use of the iPad even more efficient.
Howdy everyone! As I present on topics such as the use of iPad and apps for promoting speech and language services, I always emphasize the importance of reading app reviews and watching app video tutorials before making a choice on an app purchase. While we love what we do, and we work hard to try to spread the word about the apps we create, we rely on bloggers to inform you guys about their thoughts and opinions about our apps. We all agree that the five screenshots and the short description on iTunes most times cannot tell us much about an app.
Smarty Ears is very fortunate to count on various bloggers to review, and write their thoughts on our apps. We love our Smarty bloggers! They do it all free of charge for your benefit! It like a “read before you buy” kinda of service that benefits the entire community of parents and professionals. So in that spirit, we wanted to take the time to thank our Smarty bloggers and also start a campaign called “Nominate your favorite Smarty blogger“.
Here is how it will work:
If you follow a blog who reviews and evaluates apps and love what they write about, have learned about an app that your purchased in the past or know of a blogger you would LOVE to hear their opinion about our apps let us know. Fill out the form below and let us know your thoughts, we will compile a list of comments and share with our blogger friends so they know their work is being appreciated by everyone. The blogger that receives the most votes will receive the a Smarty Ears t-shirt as our appreciation gift. Voting will end on August 7th, 2013.
Here at Smarty Ears we value our “blog friends” and we can only thank them for their support and feedback on one or many of our apps. I know that they spend a considerable amount of time playing with the app or even using the app with children before they post their feedback. This is the time you can write about how much you appreciate the work they do reviewing apps for you, providing creative app ideas and letting everyone know how good (or bad) the app is. 😉
Smarty Ears CEO
We have winner!!! Congratulations to Carrie Speech Corner!
Smarty Ears has been creating apps for speech therapists, teacher and children with special needs for the last 4 years. We have appreciated all the support we have received from everyone. We have had a very active advisory board since 2011. The advisory board is a group of approximately 10 individuals who collaborate, provide feedback and participate on active discussions on future and existing Smarty Ears apps. Over the last two years, we had a couple members move on to a busier schedule and we are wanting to add two new members to our advisory board. If you are interested in becoming part of our family please continue reading this call for applications:
The advisory committee acts as a group that will help with decisions we make about the apps we create. We want to hear what you guys need, so we can continue to improve our products. We want to hear from everyone: Parents, teachers and Speech Pathologists. If you are selected you will be asked to join our Facebook.com private group, where all discussions will take place.
1. Must own an iPad
2. Must own at least three Smarty Ears apps
3. Must be a teacher, SLPs, parent, or person involved in the app community
4. Must have a Facebook.com account
5. You may not apply if you already participated on the advisory board in the past
6. You may not apply if you have developed an app with another company
What will be expected from you:
1. Vote on decision we will ask such as your favorite icon for our next apps, suggestions for promoting specific apps, suggestion for updates, etc…
2. Share a photo and a Bio to be posted on our website as a member of our advisory board,
4. Participate on beta-testing of an app before the app goes on sale on iTunes and provide feedback
5. Anything else you want to help us with
This does not represent any form of employment association with Smarty Ears. You will be referred to as a member of our Advisory committee board.
What will you gain from it:
1. You will get to learn about our upcoming app releases before anyone does
2. You will be able to put this on your resume as a member of an advisory committee
3. You will receive a FREE copy for personal user of ALL Smarty Ears apps – one per month, or when new releases come
4. You will be mentioned on our website when your Bio and photo are posted
We hope you contact us if you are interested. You can use our contact us page to send your message. Please let us know why you are interested, and what you can bring to the table in helping Speech Therapy and educational apps better.
by Rick Waters ’95
Updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Barbara Fernandes ’08 MA is the founder and CEO of Smarty Ears apps, an industry leader in speech therapy and assistive technology. (Photo by Carolyn Cruz)
Barbara Fernandes ’08 MA still calls it the “a-ha moment.”
In fall 2008, she was a first-year speech pathologist and language evaluator for the Irving school district, the only bilingual therapist in the district, when she met Michael, a 5-year-old preschooler who had not spoken at school in his first two months. His teacher suspected autism.
Fernandes knew the boy liked cars and trains, but he had little interest in talking or looking at flashcards with her. He did, however, think her mobile phone was a toy with which he could entertain himself.
Rather than put the device away, Fernandes did a search for “transportation,” downloaded some images of various vehicles and handed over her iPhone.
“Boat,” the boy whispered. “Plane.”
His voice grew louder and more assured.
“He just began naming them. I was just trying to get him to speak, for him to say a word, and this unlocked him,” she said. “I never expected to have that kind of immediate response.”
The iPhone was less than a year old then, but Fernandes realized paper flashcards were an ancient technology and mobile devices had worlds of possibility with images and sound and animation.
A technophile growing up in Brazil, Fernandes tinkered with her own website growing up and had come to the United States to study assistive technology, but now she had a vision for how it could be used in schools and homes with children with disabilities and their parents.
In fall 2009, she published her first app under the name Smarty Ears. It featured the entire phonetic alphabet with corresponding sounds, words and images for each letter or blend. She took it to conferences and got a lukewarm response.
“Most people were very resistant at first, but some were really intrigued,” she said. “I was surprised it wasn’t 100 percent.”
But families loved it. What used to be a frustrating daily practice was now being seen as play.
As word-of-mouth spread to practitioners and they tried it, the app began selling fast. By then, Fernandes was about to release her second app — on conjugating verbs — and had four more in the works.
In the spring of 2010, Apple released the iPad and Smarty Ears “really took off,” she said.
“It pushed me to make my old apps better,” she said. “The tablet is really the ideal size for working with children.”
Now, Fernandes has 60 apps in English, Spanish and her native Portuguese and is considered a pioneer in the speech therapy industry. Ranging in cost from $1.99 to $49.99, Smarty Ears apps are the No. 1 brand with more than 150,000 downloads and are used in more than 40 countries, covering language development, articulation, autism, aphasia and voice disorders.
Fernandes and her husband Jonathan, a former English teacher who now helps craft the curriculum, employ six programmers, illustrators and interface designers. Smarty Ears has published 26 authors in nearly every practice within speech pathology and language evaluation. The company also has an 11-member advisory board of experts, parents and teachers.
Those first Smarty Ears apps seem primitive compared to the ones the company makes now, which include games, stories and animation that rival computer games and Saturday morning cartoons. Voice recording and camera technology also soup up the experience, allowing students to listen and watch their own mouths form phonics and sounds. There are also sophisticated reporting components built in, which track students’ scores and allow speech therapists to monitor progress.
Now, Fernandes is a highly sought speaker at conferences and is considered an expert in assistive technology.
“I have people come up to me now who just want to shake my hand or take a picture with me like I am some personality,” she said. “It’s gratifying to see the impact this is having.”
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