Sing and Speak create age-appropriate illustrated songs to help young children with communication and hearing difficulties, many of whom have additional needs.
Approximately 62,600 young children in Ireland experience difficulties related to speech, language, or hearing. About 45,000 of those children are on waiting lists for language assessments and therapy, often for many years. The most common disability among young Irish children are problems related to learning and development – including communication.
Sing and Speak create age-appropriate illustrated songs to help young children with communication and hearing difficulties, many of whom have additional needs. The songs will be hosted on a platform that measures the child’s language level, recommends songs to target a particular speech disorder or language difficulty and the on-screen singers guide the adult and child through each song while the platform measures progress and improvements over time.
Ideas Academy East 1 2021
Ideas Academy Seed Fund 2021
Since the Ideas Academy, Sing and Speak have carried out research among parents, speech therapists, social workers, government departments, universities, musicians, disability advocacy groups, charities, and schools. Sing and Speak invested their seed funding in the creation of their first set of professional videos and have over 500 parents signed up for the product. Founders Chris and Lillian have also completed a quasi-incubator programme at London Business School.
Chris Spelman and Lillian Spelman are the co-founders of Sing & Speak