Calling Kildare parents: how much do you talk to your children?? Volunteers wanted to participate in new early learning app.

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Calling Kildare parents: how much do you talk to your children?? Volunteers wanted to participate in new early learning app.
By Rose Barrett 19:20 Saturday 14th of October 2017

Newbridge business man, Oisin Hurley is calling on Kildare parents of young children to volunteer for a new ‘Talk2MeMore’ app. “A what?” you might ask. But just as we use ‘FitBits’ to assess how many steps we take on a daily basis, this app will gauge just how much you talk to your child, how much you actually engage with your children.

“Talk2MeMore is in the early stages of  start up” said  Oisín “We need to encourage parents to talk more/engage with their children,as the first three years are the most important for language development, indeed for their social, emotional and cognitive development” he told KildareNow.

“We are about to launch a pilot study with NCI based in Dublin, in conjunction with Early Learning Initiative. Talk2MeMore is an app we’ve developed  to track how much parents actually talk tto their children; it’s a way of assessing how much you engage with your children, whether it’s at the dinner table, doing housework or playing with them.  The app will capture the language environment your child is exposed to. Consider it a Fitbit for words....only much more fun!”

The app however, also provides tips and activities that are steeped in best practice in the speech and language domain. “Research shows that the more words your child hears in their first three years of life, the more likely they will be to reach their full potential” added Oisín. “We offer evidence-based solutions for parents to support your child’s development.

“What we need now are parents to participate in the study, parents of children from 0-3 years. In September last year, Talk2MeMore was accepted to the next stage of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) programme. Our team included  Suzanne Kirwan, a Speech & Language Therapist working for the HSE. Also Paddy Byrne from Ashford,  a talented app developer. What we need now is to complete a working study, and so we are calling on Kildare parents to volunteer. If anyone would like to participate, please free to contact me on 086 8946 726 or email [email protected]

See www.talk2memore.com for further details.

Oisin Hurley (above) is a former student of PBS in Newbridge, graduated at DIT in Software Engineering in 2005, Oisin then spent five years working in Melbourne before returning to Ireland and graduated from the Smurfit Business School UCD in 2015 with a Masters in Digital Innovation. A son of Siobhan and Donal Hurley (An Chistin), Oisin’s genes assured he would go into business and he credits his parents with his entrepreneurial spirit.

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