Alex Pavtoulov and Ofir Harel of Olà Mundo: Their app Socky, Social Reciprocity in AAC, and Building Engaging Tools for ASD

Alex Pavtoulov and Ofir Harel of Olà Mundo: Their app Socky, Social Reciprocity in AAC, and Building Engaging Tools for ASD

Alex Pavtoulov and Ofir Harel of Olà Mundo join Rachel and Lucas to talk about Socky, a symbol-based two-way communication system for children with Autism as well as their parents and circle of support. The group also discusses social reciprocity in ASD and how to make therapy tools engaging.

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Chris Gibbons of SmartBox: The Evolution of the Industry, International Developers' Dominance of our Field, Funding Models, and What the Future Holds

Chris Gibbons of SmartBox: The Evolution of the Industry, International Developers' Dominance of our Field, Funding Models, and What the Future Holds

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber, Rachel Madel, and the long-list Chris Bugaj sit down and discuss international development in AAC before welcoming Chris Gibbons of SmartBox to the show. Chris shares beautifully about his many years of experience in the industry, the transition from intervention to the lab to the market, changes over time to the funding model - both good and bad - and some thoughts on what's to come.

For more information about Chris and SmartBox, be sure to visit their site and - if you get a chance - catch him presenting at many related conferences such as ASHA, ATIA, ISAAC, and more.

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Tom Ladd of Smartstones on Carly Fleischmann, the Night of Too Many Stars, and Brain-Computer Interfaces

Tom Ladd of Smartstones on Carly Fleischmann, the Night of Too Many Stars, and Brain-Computer Interfaces

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel sit down with Tom Ladd of SmartStones and :prose and talk about everything from gesture-based communication to brain-computer interfaces (BCI) for augmentative communication. Plus we get to hear the story about how Carly Fleischmann is a user of their app - and how he was backstage to help facilitate a reschedule for her with Stephen Colbert and crew after her interview with Jon Stewart.

For more information about SmartStones and :prose, visit speakprose.com - and don't forget to watch Carly Fleischmann's appearance on Night of Too Many Stars!

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Pearson's Q Interactive Team: The Past, Present, and Future of Tablet-Based Assessment

Pearson's Q Interactive Team: The Past, Present, and Future of Tablet-Based Assessment

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel sit down with Pearson's Dustin Wahlstrom, James Henke, and Kristen Getz to talk about their Q-Interactive  tablet-based assessment platform, the impact of the format change (if any) on clinical outcomes, and the current state of critical SLP assessments like the Goldman-Fristoe-3 (Spanish and English), the CELF-5, the PPVT-3, and others that are coming to the platform soon. 

For more information about Q-Interactive or the assessments within visit the Q-Interactive site and feel free to email us any questions to pass along.

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Kate Ahern: Thoughts, Tips, and Wisdom from an AAC Thought Leader

Kate Ahern: Thoughts, Tips, and Wisdom from an AAC Thought Leader

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel talk to the legendary Kate Ahern about her work with special populations, the importance of presumed competence, and the need to use every skill in our toolkit to properly serve kids - not just the high -tech ones - as well as the importance of learning from teachers.

For more information about Kate, see her collected slides and presentations here, her blog here, her highly active Facebook community, and many other places around the web.

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RJ Cooper: The Past, Present, and Future of Independent AT Manufacturers and the AT Industry

RJ Cooper: The Past, Present, and Future of Independent AT Manufacturers and the AT Industry

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber goes one-on-one with seasoned AT specialist RJ Cooper, from his early days doing it all himself to the future of the industry and the nature - logistically, philosophically, and ethically - of AT manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Luke, Chris, and Rachel talk about plans for the ASHA convention and properly introduce themselves after now airing four back-to-back episodes that have launched Talking With Tech - leading up to live events at ASHA!

For more information on RJ Cooper and Associates, see his store here and also the new email client he mentions in the podcast.

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Pradeesh Thomas: Educational Technology & Its Role in Better Outcomes for Staff and Students

Pradeesh Thomas: Educational Technology & Its Role in Better Outcomes for Staff  and Students

In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber goes one-on-one with entrepreneur  and angel investor Pradeesh Thomas, founder of both SmartEdTech and AlphaVista, now a member of the Stepping Stones Group, about the present and future of educational technology, the impact that it can have on outcomes for both students and teachers, and EdTech internationally from the perspective of both an engineer, technology thought leader, and past staffing agency CEO.

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Bill Binko: DIY Assistive Technology, "Makers," & the Convergence of Assistive Technology and Universal Design

Bill Binko: DIY Assistive Technology, "Makers," & the Convergence of Assistive Technology and Universal Design

In this episode, Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Chris Bugaj interview Bill Binko of ATMakers (and much more) about his work in do-it-yourself assistive technology, the growth of the "maker" movement in our field, and the future of assistive technology when so many large companies focus increasingly on usability in electronics.

For more information, see http://atmakers.org/ - and thanks for listening!

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Ajit Narayanan: AAC Outside of the US & the Future of Universal Design

Ajit Narayanan: AAC Outside of the US & the Future of Universal Design

In this episode, Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel interview Ajit Narayanan of Avaz about his role as a pioneer of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in India, his new work in China, assistive technology for education, and the future of universal design. 

For more information, see www.avazapp.com and www.freespeechapp.com - and thanks for listening!

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