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Speech at First Sight

At the time, Shepherd was non-verbal and did not speak at all.


"Not only is he learning how to read, but he is vocalizing everything! Thanks to hard core therapy and our wonderful Gemiini program! He has made amazing progress!"

— Brenda Lee Henry (Shep's mom)

Stef was diagnosed with severe autism with global development delay in June 2000. She started early intervention therapies soon afterward and continued to make progress while enrolled in mainstream school.

But after starting dual placement at a special school and eventually moving there full-time, her communication skills started to regress. To make matters worse, her family couldn’t even find a therapist to hire due to an ongoing therapist shortage.

Then in May 2017, Stef starting using Gemiini...

"Within a week of starting Gemiini... She has gained more eye contact, tries harder to participate in activities and with prompting is trying to say new words all the time."

 

You don't need to wait for a diagnosis to start Gemiini

MORE SUCCESS STORIES WITH GEMIINI:

Professionals are seeing great results with Gemiini

"Hi, I am a speech therapist in Clark County school district in Las Vegas. I paid for a Gemiini account out of my own pocket for a sweet 4-year-old student I service. He had been receiving 2 hours of ABA tx before school!! (5am-7am!!!) then he goes to an autism preschool program in the district where I provide 240 min of speech therapy a week! And he was making little to no progress! I was literally crying myself to sleep over this little guy. I stumbled upon Gemiini on FB and said, "what have I got to lose except $100?" So it's been 2 weeks and he is spontaneously pointing, imitating the animal actions, and even some animal sounds! I'm beyond excited! I want this for every student! Our district needs this! Our kids need this! Thank you for this program! Thank you!"

Jayme Cutting (SLP) 
Clark County school district in Las Vegas

"Today I started Gemiini as a group in a class with 10 kids with autism. During the VERY FIRST video, one of the kids who has never said a word before in his life said "bear!" And he did the sign! I ran up to him and said "yes buddy! That's a bear!" He looked at me with the biggest smile ever and said again "bear!" Then, for the first time ever, he went up to a peer and gave a high 5. The teacher was stunned. I was in the class consulting for a few hours and our star student said "bear" 29 more times! I left the class before the second viewing but tomorrow morning I will return and I just can't wait to see the progress! This was IMMEDIATE acquisition upon viewing Gemiini. Even after two years of using Gemiini, these successes still bring me tears of joy!"

— Dr. Maria Gilmour (BCBA-D)  
Portland State University

Comparing the Teaching Efficacy of Two Video Modeling Programs Delivered in a Group Format in Special Education Classrooms to Improve Expressive Language

(Gemiini's Discrete Video Modeling compared to standard video modeling.)

 

Video Modeling and Word Identification in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

(Gemiini was the only intervention used in this study.)

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to write this letter offering my support for the internet-based language intervention that has been developed by Gemiini Educational Systems. This intervention is developmentally grounded and uses evidence-based practices, including video-modelling, repetition and imitation to promote spoken language skills in children and is especially useful for children with autism spectrum disorder  I am enthusiastic about how well Gemiini supplements more traditional speech and language therapies.  It offers families the ability to practice and extend what their child may be receiving in just one hour a week of specialized therapy or, as is most often the case, provide high quality intervention when nothing else is available.

As a researcher who has been investigating language in autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders for over 40 years, I am keenly aware of how crucial it is for children to have maximal opportunities to acquire language in the early years when their brains and minds are specially primed for this crucial developmental milestone. Gemiini can support this need. For those children who fail to acquire language in the preschool years, the methods that Gemiini uses 
helps older children to learn words and phrases that are so important for communicating their needs and interests.

In sum, I believe that Gemiini has developed a useful intervention for teaching productive language skills, an area of great need in the autism field, where there are no other comparable interventions available.

 

Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University
Professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine

To Whom It May Concern,

As the rates of autism skyrocket globally, traditional therapy methods struggle to keep up with demand. Researcher conclusively report that 25 hours per week of therapy is crucial to achieving optimal gains in early intervention, but few children are able to receive this benchmark due to multiple variables.

Decades of published peer reviewed research in video modeling show it to be an effective modality to bridge this gap in care. In fact, several studies point to video modeling being even more effective than live modeling in many areas. Gemiini is unique in the field of video modeling in its breadth of content, its delivery method and the research which supports it.

As the population of our autistic community ages, it is essential that curriculum and tools are created which are age and ability appropriate. Most technology or applications (apps) are geared specifically and solely for children 6 years old or younger. Gemiini’s vast content library contemplates this older population and delivers robust curriculum through the teen years and beyond.

Many of our rural families have less than optimal Internet services, and others are facing financial challenges and thus do not have Internet at home at all. Gemiini’s platform accounts for these potential obstacles by an app that allows the video content to be downloaded onto a device and used offline.

As Chief Executive Officer of Touchstone Health Services in Phoenix, we are seeing this gap in care due not only to the shortage of trainer professionals, but also to geographic constraints. Thousands of children and young adults in Arizona go without consistent services. We are pleased to be entering into a pilot with Gemiini to bring video modeling to these individuals. Care will be overseen via teletherapy and parental training by our clinicians on a monthly basis. We believe that the pairing of Gemiini with trained support is the way of the future and the best hope to serve the entire community. 

 

Dr. Bryan Davey, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Chief Executive Officer
Touchstone Health Services

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Laura Kasbar is the CEO and founder of Gemiini Systems
. She is also the mother of seven children, several of whom have learning disabilities including autism and dyslexia, and have overcome their learning differences through Gemiini. 

Her book Embracing the Battle is an Amazon #1 International Bestseller. It is available for Kindle and in paperback.