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Apraxia Awareness Day

May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day! Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty saying sounds, syllables and words because their brain cannot coordinate the necessary muscle movements. Through speech therapy, children with apraxia can improve their speech and become more intelligible.

Speech therapy sessions for children with CAS tend to be frequent, intensive, and progress can be slow (but there is progress). RWH Technology offers two apps that are suitable for helping children with apraxia. Speak Colors and Speech Cards provide dynamic learning experiences. Both apps include photographs of real objects, voice recordings, and a microphone for the child to record/listen to their own voice. Speak Colors focuses on receptive & expressive language, phrase length and articulation. Speech Cards is a very customizable flashcards app that can be used for vocabulary, articulation and much more.

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Better Hearing And Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. This annual event raises public awareness about speech, language and hearing disorders and promotes treatment that can improve the quality of life for those affected. Our apps are co-designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist and we are working with a second Speech-Language Pathologist to develop an app in Spanish. We keep those with special needs in mind when designing our apps.

Since May 1, Speech Cards Professional has been on sale. We are extending the sale until May 12, 2013.

Earlier this week, Speech Cards Professional was featured on Smart Apps 4 Kids as part of a list of discounted/free apps for Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Also, please check out our recently updated SpeakColorsHD.

For more information on Better Hearing and Speech Month, please visit the ASHA web site.

Thank you.


Better Hearing and Speech Month
Image Credit: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Our Booth At CSHA 2013

The RWH Technology team attended the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Long Beach, March 7-9, 2013. This annual event brings together over 1400 speech-language pathologists and audiologists from all over the state. This was our first experience exhibiting at a conference. We had a lot of fun, received excellent feedback, met some great contacts, and learned a lot. This article will discuss some of the items we used for our booth.

RWH Technology Team at CSHA 2013

The CSHA 2013 exhibit hall opened March 7, but our preparations began 2 months earlier. Exhibitor registration included an 8’x10′ draped booth, with a table, two chairs and a basic sign. We wanted our booth to stand out and help bring in visitors, so we ordered a number of items.

Colorful horizontal and vertical banners provided a background for our booth. We made the designs in Illustrator and ordered the banners from Staples:

  • 8′ x 2.5′ Horizontal Banner
  • 2.5′ x 6′ Vertical Banner

At the back of our booth was a black cloth and a metal frame. We attached the horizontal banner to the metal frame using rope and hooks.

We attached the vertical banner to a Signworld 33″ Retractable Banner Stand. As noted in the reviews on Amazon.com, if the pin is pulled, the banner will retract with great force. Lucky for us, the top part of the banner slipped out and no damage was done. If the banner was properly attached, it would have ripped. We decided that pulling the pin was too dangerous and instead we would carefully roll the banner up ourselves. We had some trouble with the top part of the banner slipping out, so we used superglue to keep it in place.

Signworld 33″ Retractable Banner Stand

Signworld 33" Retractable Banner Stand

A blue table throw with the RWH Technology logo covered the plain black/white table.

We demonstrated Speak Colors and Speech Cards on an iPad 3. To minimize the risk of someone walking off with our iPad, we used a Kingston SecureBack Security Case and Lock, which is compatible with the iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2. It was very easy to setup and worked well for us. Although we didn’t try dropping the iPad and noone tried to steal it.

Kingston SecureBack Security Case and Lock

Kensington SecureBack Security Case and Lock for iPad 4 with Retina Display, New iPad (3rd Gen) and iPad 2

In addition to business cards, we also provided colorful postcards of Speak Colors and Speech Cards so visitors to our booth could take information about the apps home. We made the designs in Illustrator and ordered the postcards from Staples.

Postcard Front

Speech Cards Postcard

Postcard Back

Speech Cards Postcard - Back

For freebies, we provided 0.5 oz bottles of hand sanitizer and candy.

Hand Sanitizer

We had a draw for a variety of items, including iTunes Gift Cards and free copies of our apps. Attendees could enter the draw by placing their business card in a box. We had some blank cards for people to fill out in case they did not have a business card. For the draw box, we used a plastic container and cut a hole in the lid. A small sign with a description of the draw was attached to complete the draw box.

Draw Box

Long Beach is just a two hour drive from our headquarters in San Diego. We easily fit everything into the car. A large suite case should fit all the items if we were to fly to a convention.

CSHA 2013 was fantastic! Demonstrating the apps to the attendees was very enjoyable. It was very motivating to meet and talk to users of our apps. We received a number of excellent ideas to make our apps better. We will try to implement some of those ideas over the next few months. It was a pleasure to meet other app developers, including 123apps4Me and JOTx. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the CSHA 2013 Convention Committee for organizing the event.

Are you attending any conferences related to speech therapy, education, special needs or technology this year? Please leave a comment below and let us know. Thank you.

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CSHA 2013

We are very excited to be one of the vendors at the annual California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, March 7-10. This year the event is in Long Beach, a short drive up the coast from our HQ in San Diego. We are looking forward to meeting speech-language pathologists, audiologists, educators and other vendors.

If you are attending the convention, please stop by our booth. We will be demonstrating our apps, Speak Colors and Speech Cards. We are also having a draw, with free copies of Speech Cards Professional and SpeakColorsHD and iTunes Gift Cards as prizes. Please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall, to try our apps and enter the draw.

For the duration of the convention, March 7-10, Speech Cards Professional is 40% off! Speech Cards is an easy to use, customizable, versatile app for improving speech and language skills.

We are also having a draw on this web site! The prize is one $25 iTunes Gift Card. To enter the draw, complete the Rafflecopter form below. The draw begins at 12 AM PST March 7 and ends at 12 AM PDT, March 11. Good luck and we hope to see you at the convention!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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