Greenville, DE, May 20, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Stephen Kramer, President and co-founder of Lorikeet Learning LLC, today reacted to the tsunami of evidence based studies and media reports which is being accumulated that indicated Lorikeet’s business model is the correct paradigm for reaching children with autism. “We have been working on transferring Dr. Mike Mallee’s methodologies for teaching children with autism into touch screen programs, for use on the classroom’s interactive whiteboard (sometimes called a Smartboard™) since before the advent of the iPad in 2010.”
Apple inc. (AAPL – Nas.) expects to sell its 100 millionth iPad in 2012, a phenomenal feat for a product introduced as recently as April of 2010.
Lorikeet Learning’s METHOD FOR EAGER LEARNERS (MEL)TM is especially-designed to help educators and parents connect with children with severe learning differences (such as autism, developmental delays, sensory-processing issues, language delays, Down Syndrome, and brain injury). Lorikeet Learning’s METHOD FOR EAGER LEARNERS (MEL)TM achieves proven results in teaching the fundamentals of reading, math, social sciences, and daily living skills.
“There seems to be a real 'barrier breaking' aspect in the immediacy of the touch and react interface you see in touch screen technologies that you just don’t see when the keyboard is the interface,” stated Dr. Mike Mallee a 33 year veteran of special education and winner of multiple awards in teaching. “Children with special needs, and specifically those with autism, have really taken to the iPad, like a duck takes to water - as they say,” continued. “Dr. Mike” as his students and colleagues call him.
“We really began to see market affirmation of our business model back in October, when 60 Minutes ran a story about the unbelievable popularity of, specifically, Apple’s iPad™ within the Autistic Community,” stated Mr. Uniacke, CEO of Lorikeet. “Having proved the transformation of Dr. Mike’s music and color based, multi-sensory MEL programs late last year Lorikeet Learning is ready for Phase II of their business model,” he added.
“We innately knew that the way to get to the educational market was to make evangelists out of parents who are desperately seeking solutions to keeping their children with autism as on peer level as they can with their classmates,” stated Mr. Uniacke. “On April 4th I had the pleasure of following Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) at an investment presentation coordinated by Delaware’s premiere entrepreneurial organization FSI (First State Innovation). While following a U.S. Senator in public speaking is intimidating I had great confidence in our message: We can deliver an App based portal on the iPad, similar to Netflix™, but with parent led teaching programs built on the methods of a world class educator. The solution will be complimented by and aggregated with; social support, games and news that would be of interest to a parent of a child with autism,” stated Mr. Uniacke.
“It’s as if everything you have been working so hard for over a year on, all falls into place,” noted Mr. Kramer. “The unfortunate and continued rise in the rate of autism and the prevalence of autism announced by the CDC in March (now 1 in 88 births) highlights the growing need for educational solutions. The Journal of Pediatrics study that shows the enormous positive impact of early intervention (study
), and an explosion of articles about the iPad’s usefulness, like the one on CNN Tech this Tuesday, all point to our solution.”
The CNN Tech article entitled; iPad gives voice to kids with autism is a compelling story of one family’s marvel at the effect of the iPad on their child with autism, Sharia. The article
ends with a very compelling quote from the little girl’s father,
"I often tell my wife I think of it as Sharia before the iPad and Sharia after the iPad," Siddiqui said. "It was that significant."
“When you read something that powerful and you know you are one investment away from bringing a world of wonderful content to these parents, for about the price of two cups of coffee a month, you feel like you can change the world,” stated Dr. Mike, hopefully.
Growth plans for the company include raising capital to build on the successful launch of the website and digital product delivery mechanisms. The company also employs an on demand print service for teachers who require a physical manual to teach the lessons.