San Francisco, California – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and The iMums, founded by four tech-savvy moms from four corners of the globe, will feature reviews of speech therapy apps, resources, tips, and question-and-answer sessions with speech and language therapists.
“We want to highlight the apps and speech therapists who are making a real difference in the lives of children who have speech disorders,” said iMum Mary Mahon. Mahon has a six-year-old daughter with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a severe speech disorder where the child has great difficulty planning and producing the series of movements that are necessary for intelligible speech. Three of the four iMums have children in speech therapy, Mahon said. “This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts,” she said. “I first got interested in apps because of my daughter’s Apraxia. She was three years old and needed to do home speech therapy practice every day, but she really resisted. The iPad got her interested in doing her therapy, and willing to do her daily practice.”
The iMums promotion will start May 1st and end May 14 on the inaugural Apraxia Awareness Day. Participating developers include: Hamaguchi Apps, Pocket SLP, Little Bee Speech, Tactus Therapy Solutions, Virtual Speech Center, Avaz for Autism, Blue Whale Apps, Multimedia Speech Pathology, Mobile Education Store, Close 2 Home Apps, Speechbox, Abilipad, SpeechPups, Global Augmentative, PlaneTree Family Productions, Smarty Ears, Foundations Developmental House, Mobile Education Store and many more!
“This is all a celebration of speech therapy and a thank you to all the therapists who make such a difference for our children”, said Mahon, who will speak about apps and tablets at the Childhood Apraxia of Speech of North America’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado this summer.
The iMums site also features reviews of educational apps for children with other special needs as well as for the typically developing child. The iMums, four moms from four corners of the earth, met online while searching for and reviewing apps for their own children. In 2011, they formed a children’s tech review site to help parents and educators find the best educational apps and technology products.
The iMums are founder Amanda Powell of Australia, Alison Hirst of the U.S., Grace Shirley Chong of Singapore and Mahon, a United Kingdom native now living in the U.S. Collectively, the group has 11 children ages 2 to 18. The iMums also feature developer interviews, articles and news, and they sponsor Freebie Fridays where they give away promo codes for kids’ apps, and highlight free and sale apps in the marketplace. Additional app developers are welcome to join by contacting Mary Mahon for more information.
The iMums are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to informing parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their family. With eleven children between them ranging in age from one to 18, all of which use varying types of technology devices, and over 15,000 apps collectively, The iMums feel they are more than qualified for their job. Copyright (C) 2013 The iMums. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.