Murdoch University students developing app to get toddlers talking

Murdoch University students developing app to get toddlers talking

MURDOCH University IT students are developing an app to help parents get their toddlers talking.

Research shows one in five two-year-olds are late in learning to talk, which can later affect literacy and academic success.

The Talkable Toddlers app is in the prototype stage, and was put together through a partnership between the University’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, childcare centres, and early intervention speech pathologist Karen Nitsche.

She said utilising technology to provide this universal program directly to participants via a mobile app was a relatively unexplored resource in the field of speech pathology.

“Chances are you may know a child who has delayed language. Many of these children will catch up to their peers, but it’s hard to know which ones will be left behind,” she said.

“Unfortunately not all families have access to private speech pathology services and often face lengthy waits for public services, meaning that they don’t always receive help when their child needs it most.

The project has applied for a City of Melville Project Robin Hood grant.

Funds for Project Robin Hood are allocated via public vote.

Visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/projectrobinhood.

For more information about typical language development, visit www.talkable.org.au.