In the year of 2013, Rob Laffan’s daughter Sadie was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But he didn’t despair. Instead, he committed himself to understanding all of the challenges Sadie would have to face in her life and to do his best to help her. The result was, an app that let Sadie choose pictures to represent her needs, then sends a message to her parents.Dad Develops An App To Help His Nonverbal Daughter Communicate.
Plastic or paper communication boards have been a common tool for decades, but Laffan has brought them into the 21st Century with his app.
The app may have resulted in Laffan receiving multiple awards for entrepreneurship, but the most important thing for him will always be how it has helped Sadie.
Simplicity is key with the app, called Tippy Talk. It starts with pictures of each parent, allowing her to choose who she wants to communicate with. Then once she selects her need, a text message gets sent to that parent.
And Laffan’s not done yet. As Tippy Talk gains popularity among families with similar communication needs, he’s already planning for the next steps.
Two-way communication is already scheduled to be added in 2017.