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