Co-founder, Therapy Box
"Our aim is to help speech and language therapists evaluate more children in a shorter space of time.
"Our hope is that more children with Language Disorders can access the support they need"
"This will save precious clinical time, that can be redirected into improving access to therapy"
"The team will ensure that the tool has been robustly evaluated."
About the study
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Invention for Innovation programme, specialist technology company Therapy Box is leading a collaboration to take their machine learning based app to the clinic so that speech and language therapists in England and Wales can more quickly assess children’s language, supporting them to identify children with DLD and then plan the support that child needs.
The innovative collaboration between Therapy Box, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, Newcastle University and three NHS sites in Hackney, Newcastle, and Bristol will take place across two years. At the start of the project, the team will be seeking 600 children to record their stories, to help train the app to recognise the children having trouble with their language. In the second year of the project, the app will be put through its paces by speech and language therapists and families coming to clinics for assessment.
The project would comprise the following key work packages:
- A citizen science/data collection exercise to gather more data from children using mobile technology
- Full product development of the app that would be used by children
- Full product development of a software system for services to use to track the children’s data in their service and prioritise.
- An evaluation across 3 sites.
- The commercialisation of the product.
How to get involved?
- Download the app and with your 4-8 year old child, share their story in the app for researchers to use to develop the clinical product
- Share the link to the app with parents of children 4-8 who may be interested in participating in the study
- Speak to us about students at your school participating in the study
- Tweet about the project to help share the word
- Sign up to keep up to date with the project