Introducing Everyday Speech

By Everyday Speech July 20, 2013

After months of research and hard work to build our first product, we’re thrilled to be able to share with you some of our progress, as well as tell you about the brains behind the operation.

What is Everyday Speech?

Everyday Speech is a startup focused on quality, functional products that utilize web and mobile technology to provide teachers, SLPs, educators, and parents with tools needed to provide children the best learning environment possible.

Let’s Be Social

Our first product, Let’s be Social, is an iPad application aimed at developing social skills in children with autism and other developmental delays.

The functionality in Let’s be Social highlights of one our guiding principles. With every product we create, we’re giving our users the ability to create customized content so they can tailor each lesson to fit individual needs. We understand that each child requires his or her own development plan, which is why you won’t find a “one size fits all” approach as you may see in other applications. We also understand that content is key — there can never be enough, which is why you won’t feel limited with Let’s be Social’s content.

We’ve got some exciting things in store to make creating completely customized lesson plans for your student or child simple, quick, and easy. Click the link to read more information about Let’s be Social.

Why Now?

Creating high quality products has never been easier. We feel very strongly that the tools we create should not only be valuable from a clinical standpoint, but should have intuitive, beautiful design that makes them a joy to use. In addition, while the iPad has revolutionized the clinical environment, there is still so much more that we can do to support teachers, SLPs, and parents. We’re not just converting paper materials into limited apps, we’re combining the iPad with the power of the web to create highly functional, robust tools that don’t cost a fortune.

Who We Are

We are a passionate team of three, all from different backgrounds, but all sharing the belief that we have the ability to improve people’s lives through our products.

Brittany Lehane

Brittany is a certified speech-language pathologist working in the public school system with students who have a wide variety of needs. Her time is split between a high school, middle school, and collaborative classrooms for students on the autism spectrum or who are multi-handicapped. She is responsible for all the great content going into our products, and always brings the clinical point of view to the product development process. Brittany spends her free time surfing Pinterest (so many great therapy resources on there!), relaxing at the beach, and enjoying a good book.

Rebecca Slatkin

Rebecca is a senior consultant for Universal Mind, specializing in iOS application development. Prior to joining Universal Mind, Rebecca served as the lead iOS mobile applications developer for startup, MediaFriends Inc. in Cambridge, MA, where she developed Bandwagon and HeyWire, a four-year old texting app boasting three million monthly users and one billion page views. She also worked at HyperActive Inc., where she wrote iPad Enterprise Applications for Philips Healthcare. Additionally, she is interested in computer forensics and robotics. Rebecca currently lives in the Boston area and is a huge Red Sox fan. She enjoys spending her winters snow-shoeing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and her summers with her family on Cape Cod.

Cal Brunell

Cal has a background in technology-based business development from his time as a market validation and growth consultant in a Boston-based strategy consulting firm. At Everyday Speech, he is responsible for overseeing product marketing and development, and managing the day-to-day operations of the company. In his spare time, Cal likes to yell at the TV during Boston sporting events, hiking, and watching Westerns.

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We’re really excited about the potential of Everyday Speech, and we hope you are too. Feel free to email us at any time with questions, comments, or concerns at info@myeverydayspeech.com.


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