A new smart phone app for caregivers and parents of young children, Talk Around Town provides individualized, real-time, location-specific messages aimed at promoting parent and child interaction during community outings
Receive real-time communication tips on-the-go
Practice communication skills in new settings
Different tips delivered with each outing!
Our aim is to improve the life skills of our users and target groups through Talk Around Town Apps, here's how they work:
Using an Android Mobile Device, a User receives
and notifications when they enter a designated "Waypoint" to help prime
remind them to perform certain tasks
Depending on the App, these tips and notifications are populated either by a professional mentor/monitor, or by the users themselves.
The Tips can be changed on the fly from the Talk Around Town Web Dashboard, or can even be randomly selected when a user enters a designated "Waypoint"
The main idea behind "The Talk Around Town" is to provide valuable tips and interventions for users in both a convenient, in order to avoid unwanted attention or social stigma (thus also improving Quality of Life.)
We developed the Android Mobile App to be both
convenient and discrete by:
Providing phone notifications utilizing the phones native alert sound (So it appears as just another message.)
Unobtrusive notifications that can be dismissed if the User isn't in a 'good spot' to view the tips or act to act on them.
Notifications which are viewable from the devices 'lock screen', making it easier to take a 'quick peek.'
Select specific settings where you want to receive tips
Tips adjust to your preferences
Save tips for later viewing
Have fun trying new ways to talk to your child
Children hear words and learn skills unique to settings outside the home
Outings become fun, language-learning experiences
Because of the nature of the platform, as well as
research being done, We developed Talk Around Town to be particularly
secure. All hosted information for the users is de-identified, sanitized
Depending on the requirements of the Project, Talk Around Town can utilize a security module to ONLY connect directly to the projects serverthus preventing accidental data-leakage or 'Man in the Middle Attacks'
Device Access can be controlled via multiple means, and can be enabled/disabled ad-hoc from the Projects Waypoint-Dashboard implementation
"I think Talk Around Town really encourages parents
to take advantage of teaching opportunities that
will help build their child's word bank, but also
promotes other beneficial aspects between a
parent/child like attachment, connection,
playfulness, and being present in the
- Talk Around Town Home Visotor
"I have really enjoyed being a part of Talk
Around Town because their tips are so detailed
and direct, and so it gets the child's brain
really involved, so I really love
- Talk Around Town Parent