Speech-impairment disorders affect 1 out of 1000 children. Several treatment options are available, like working with a speech-language pathologist or using apps to learn articulation over a long period of time. There are several limitations to this: it's very expensive to work with a speech pathologist daily, apps are only useful for English speakers and are targeted for older children.

In contrast, many children around the world go for years without communicating--they have undiagnosed and untreated speech-impairments.

We have developed an app that is universally accessible. Children as young as two years old can move pictures on the app, and hear voices slowly articulate simple sentences in their language. Older children can use the pictures to create sentences and practice articulation with the app in their native language.

Of course, this app is by no means a substitution for how speech-language pathologists work with children, and would not be expected to change a child's communication level as much as therapy does. But it provides a start for young children to hear slow articulation and have fun with the app.

In the future, we hope to work directly with a speech-language pathologist to improve the relevance of our app.

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