Barbara, the founder and director of Smarty Ears received her master degree in Speech and Language Pathology with an emphasis in bilingualism from Texas Christian University. Barbara speaks three languages (English, Spanish & Portuguese), and she has worked with children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and native languages in several countries.
In addition to her passion for working with bilingual children, Barbara’s passion for technology has led her to become an active blogger known as “GeekSLP” for www.geekslp.com and the blog of the American Speech and Language Association known as the AshaSphere. As GeekSLP, Barbara has been invited as a guest speaker in universities and International conferences, and given workshops and presentations around the world on how technology can be implemented to improve the speech and language skills.
In 2004, Barbara was one of the participants of the program jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, called “Promoting the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Society Through Assistive Technology: Culturally Appropriate Solutions.” Barbara has created over 30 applications that combine her knowledge of technology with her expertise in speech and language sciences. Smarty Ears is where Barbara’s passion is met.
As the CEO of Smarty Ears, Barbara Fernandes has created over 30 applications, which have been sold in over 40 countries to speech pathologists,special education teachers, and parents of children with special needs. Smarty Symbols is another one of Barbara’s creations; a symbol set that contains 11,000 symbols which also reflect Barbara’s passion for technology and multicultural issues. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys traveling abroad, scuba diving and playing with her gadgets and three dogs.
“Technology gives us opportunity to fill the gap between the need to communicate and the presence of a language disorder. Our children are surrounded by technology; it is time for us to start using it too! It is fun, dynamic, and practical!” Barbara Fernandes