Matthew Guggemos, M.S., CCC-SLP,
Lois Jean Brady, M.A. CCC-SLP,
Matthew is a speech-language pathologist for and the chief technology officer of iTherapy. He specializes in designing multi-sensory digital learning products for people on the autism spectrum. Additionally, he received the 2013 Mensa Intellectual Benefits to Society Award for his design contributions to InnerVoice, which was co-developed with world-renowned SLP and iTherapy CEO Lois Jean Brady and MotionPortrait, Inc.
In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, Matthew is a professional drummer and a literacy specialist: two fields that heavily influence his design ideas for current and future iTherapy products. Recently, Matthew has been researching the relationships shared among skill mastery, improvisation, and communication: and how these concepts can be applied to apps for autism. He writes a variety of blogs and articles, which discuss communication development, technology, musical thinking, evidence-based practices and autism spectrum disorder.
In 2015, Matthew was the director of research on the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research grant #1520587, which focused on synthesizing emotional communication for mobile devices. Stay tuned for InnerVoice upgrades that were developed during the grant!
Lois Jean Brady has over 25 years of experience as a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, she’s a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), and she also holds certification in Assistive Technology and in computer-based interventions.
Career accomplishments include: Winner of two Autism Speaks App Hack-a-thons, Benjamin Franklin Award for Apps for Autism and an Ursula Award for Autism TodayTV. In addition to Apps for Autism, she has co-authored Speech in Action and Speak, Move, Play and Learn with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Lois gives international presentations to both family members and fellow professionals at conventions and seminars on autism and technology.
Currently she is researching and developing engaging, multi-sensory products to enhance communication, attention, cognition and quality of life for individuals with autism. She has co-developed VAST Autism, a series of three highly effective apps for increasing speech production. Lois is also registered in Animal Assisted Therapy. Buttercup, her potbelly pig, frequently accompanies Lois in therapy sessions and is a huge motivator for all.
In 2015, Lois and Matthew Guggemos earned a grant through the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research program. Lois served as the principal investigator. As a team, they designed, built, and researched a synthesized emotional communication system. Read more about it here.