An IT SME company in Greece, specialized over the last 30 years in the use of technology in education, has developed an online digital tool to validate language assessment of young children. The tool offers early detection of speech problems. Based on important scientific work and awarded, the tool targets certified professionals who are to administer the speech test to children aged 4-7 years old. The company is looking for commercial agency agreement with technical assistance.
The incidence of language difficulties in the general school population is quite large with various negative manifestations in educational and social domains. In order to maximize the effectiveness of remedial program, the emphasis is given on prevention and early intervention. Given the limited accessibility to Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) and the long time needed to detect the problems, children in need often have pediatric Computer-Aided Speech Therapy (CAST) tools which can play an important role in the early diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders. However, various challenges impede the implementation of accurate automated analysis of speech disorders in children. A well-established Greek IT SME company, specialized in educational technologies, developed a software tool for it. The software tool has been developed in collaboration with a scientific team of university professors and tested successfully using a sample of 800 Greek children. The tool offers early detection of children with oral language problems and high-risk characteristics for difficulties in written language learning upon entry to school. Also, it prevents secondary problems such as anxiety, frustration and behavioral problems due to poor school performance. It has easy and fun usage to ensure children’s interest and joyful participation, proper voicing, child-friendly graphic designs. The tool is operated by certified specialists (teachers, speech therapists, etc). The tool can be used via the touch screen of an Android tablet or a Windows PC. The touch screen operation enables direct recording of children’s oral (answers, narratives) and manual responses (choices), ensuring high assessment fidelity. It is easy and fun to use and provides comprehensible and reliable score reporting with automated calculation and display of the evaluation results. The tool has two main modules: teacher’s environment for the registration of children, customization of tests and evaluation of results and the child’s test area administration. The Greek company is looking for companies in other European countries who would like to act as country representative in their local markets under commercial agreement with technical assistance. The partners should collaborate with the Greek company for the customization of the tool to meet the local language requirements.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
The Greek company is looking for companies in other European countries who would like to act as country representative in their local markets under commercial agreement with technical assistance. Since the software is based on assessment tests for local children, the partner needs to undertake the following tasks, under the scientific and technical supervision of the Greek company: • Adaptation of the content and language tasks according to language characteristics and the needs of the local market. • Organize and execute the standardization of the assessment tests in a representative (geographical and demographical wise) sample of children 4 to 7 years old (6 age groups with approximate sample size 80-100 children per group). As soon they are completed, the technical team of the Greek company will utilize the norming data to adapt the software accordingly and provide it to the partner for commercial exploitation.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Comments Regarding IPR Status:
Trademark protection is important for potential regional partners to work with the Greek company.