Monday, September 26, 2011

Startup aims to bring speech therapy into the home

One of my few memories of speech therapy — it must have been first grade — was the location: For the offense of tongue thrusting, I was sentenced to a broom closet to the side of the little-used stage in the gymnasium of Columbus Elementary.
It’s fair to say that speech therapy has come a long way in the past 40 years — literally out of the closet. But Alexey Salamini is ready for the next evolution.
Salamini and friend Gordy Rogers have developed a device, called Speech Buddies, that could cut down on the number of visits to the $100-per-hour speech therapist’s office. The focus of their company, Articulate Technologies Inc., is children with articulation disorders, but they’ve also discovered a growing market targeting foreign business people as well.

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