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RESEARCH is at the core of our development

Research GOALS

To create a communication tool that is effective and engaging.

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed background and helpful information.

Research HISTORY

Prior to designing the application, the Sing to Say team conducted a year of research on the effects of music in learning language for children.

This included extensive interviews with parents, educators and Speech Language Therapists, 

Then, two phases of applied research were conducted in partnership with Centennial College, the Applied Research and Innovation Center and two grants from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Our first prototype was produced and we conducted formative research including focus groups with educators and therapists and user testing with children, parents and educators in partnership with the Toronto District School Board.

With lessons learned, we created the current version of the application and conducted qualitative research with children in Boston and Toronto. 

What We Discovered

  • Music and language are acquired in different parts of the brain
  • Music can bridge to the language centers
  • We are building a vocabulary and music is the teacher

“It makes the augmented communication come alive. It’s a language board that isn’t static. You hit the button and it animates. There’s definitely something about the animation… it triggers a response that’s very powerful.

It’s really remarkable the app with the music …..it completely embodies moving to the music, it taps into complicated pathways in his body. I know he’s physically engaged…. I can see it! I knew we were onto something and really, I wanted something that might help my grandson find his voice.”



Partnerships for RESEARCH

Sing to Say was originally developed for children ranging from non-verbal to those with more advanced language skills. Sing to Say is designed for those who need it. Research shows that music and language are acquired in different parts of the brain. Sing to Say uses music to bridge to the language centers.


We're proud of our ongoing partnership with the Berklee College of Music


Cornerstone PARTNER

We collaborate with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs on the use of music as a vehicle for teaching language to children with special needs.

The research team includes leadership from the Berklee Institute as well as a Ph.D specialist in Speech and Hearing Bioscience from Harvard University and a music educator specializing in education for students with language delays.


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