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Title: Enhancing Augmentative and Alternative Communication Rates in pre-K Through 6
Center: NCER Year: 2014
Principal Investigator: Grimley, Benjamin Awardee: Speak Agent
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months Award Amount: $149,995
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES14C0043

The project team is developing a prototype of a tool for touch-screen mobile devices to support students in pre-kindergarten to grade 6 who have special communication needs. The product will include artificial intelligence software that will adapt the prompts and cues to the needs of individual students. In the Phase I pilot research, the team will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, if teachers are able to use the prototype, and whether the assessments and content within the system are reliable and valid.