TinyEYE was reviewed in UK Speech Therapy Magazine, “Speech & Langauge Therapy In Practice”
The review was from an earlier version of our software and we’re glad to report it was positive!
Here it is:
Get your webcam and headset ready – Rebecca Matthews and her young clients are impressed by this videoconferencing system developed specifically to deliver speech and language therapy.
TinyEYE – Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
Travelling is increasingly expensive and there are huge demands on the clinical time of any speech and language therapist. Does videoconferencing offer a solution? TinyEYE Technologies believe that it does. Aware of reservations raised by speech and language therapists, they have set up a service to provide both the technological support and also the materials to use in an online session.
TinyEYE is a videoconferencing system launched last year by American Speech Language Pathologist Marnee Brick specifically for speech and language therapists to deliver therapy. It is specific to speech and language therapy as the online games are focused on word retrieval, articulation and language development. The game is the focus on the screen but the therapist and child can see each other framed in a small part of the screen which the therapist can control. These online games can be made specific to the individual child and can be provided online after the session has finished for homework practice in an online ‘backpack’. There is a also a comprehensive client management tool that enables the therapist to set both long and short term goals, generate reports, letters and manage their schedule online.
The children that enjoyed using TinyEYE with me were infant school age. They were motivated by the backpack home practice being both online and individual to them, and the 43 games so far available are very clearly geared for this age group and younger. The parents liked the backpack homework as it was organised, reliable and consistent but struggled with managing the technology. TinyEYE do offer comprehensive support – phone and online tutorials – but contact was limited by the time difference between the UK and the USA.
To use TinyEYE does require practice – and time – to get the full benefit of what is on offer. There were some amusing linguistic differences – ‘thumper’ for ‘rabbit’ and the inevitable ‘pants’ for ‘trousers’ – and the management system would need some modification to fit in with UK jargon and individual practice. It does however provide a supported step to using videoconferencing which is potentially a great solution to save fuel and time. It is an organised approach to help busy therapists work effectively using a medium proved over the last twenty years.
Rebecca Matthews is an independent speech and language therapist, and UCL Doctorate student.
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Therapy Services
TinyEYE Therapy Services