Say-N-Play Selected as a Winner of
“Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products of 2010”
Baton Rouge company gains national recognition for innovation, creativity
Baton Rouge, LA (June 2, 2010) – Dr. Toy has named Baton Rouge Advance Games’ speech articulation game Say-N-Play as one of the best children’s vacation products.
“Say-N-Play is honored to be among the 2010 Dr. Toy award winning products,” said creator and Baton Rouge speech-language pathologist, Holly Strange, MS, CCC/SLP. “Say-N-Play is a fun educational computer game that kids can use over the summer to improve their speech.”
Research shows that children need to practice proper speech daily but rarely do parents have the time to oversee therapy drills. Say-N-Play allows children to work independently, speaking through a headset microphone to interact with the video game.
Strange originally conceived that idea for Say-N-Play as a way to provide children with speech difficulty an engaging alternative to traditional speech therapy drill activities. The game has, however, turned out to be an excellent product for all children between the ages of four and nine as a means of reinforcing proper sound and word pronunciation. It also offers the additional benefit of reading skill development as all words are presented in the written as well as the pictorial format.
The architect behind Dr. Toy is Stevanne Aerbach, Ph.D., a respected and noted authority on child development, who created the Best Children’s Vacation Products award program as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time at home or on the road. Auerbach believes parents need more help to get a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy as they increase learning skills and expand creativity.
Aerbach said the winning products range from low to high tech for hours of constructive, educational and stimulating fun. The products will help children not only do better in school, but also will provide more constructive activities while traveling or at vacation destinations.
“Children learn best through play and these Best Products encourage children to maximize their potential and make the most of Smart Play,” said Aerbach.
Say-N-Play (www.saynplay.com) is a computer game that was designed to provide children a fun and motivating way to practice proper speech pronunciation. Featuring EduSpeak voice recognition technology developed by SRI, International, Say-N-Play offers a visually engaging twist to traditional speech articulation drills.
The graphics in Say-N-Play are vivid, full of color, fun, and child-appropriate. Say-N-Play features colorful characters and various games to choose from. One of these games is a racing match where the player must pronounce words correctly in order to move ahead and win the race. For every word the player says correctly, he or she is rewarded with an entertaining animation. Multiple levels and a progress report application allow the player, parents, teacher and/or speech therapist to monitor the child’s success.
Advance Games: Advance Games was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in February of 2008 for the purpose of developing educational and therapeutic games that are both fun and interactive for children. Say-N-Play was developed as a joint effort between Advance Games and Yatec, L.L.C. ( www.yatecgames.com), another Baton Rouge video game development company. Currently, two of Yatec’s games, Enchanted Gardens and I.Q.: Identity Quest, are being distributed through various game websites and have been successful in the casual game market.
For general and/or ordering information, visit www.saynplay.com, or contact:
Advance Games, LLC
9541 Brookline Avenue Suite D
Baton Rouge, LA 70809