I've always had a passion for helping children with communication needs. As a child, I had a speech delay and didn’t talk until I was nearly three years old. When I started speaking, I exhibited several sound errors that made it difficult to understand me. I attended speech-language therapy from preschool to first grade. My personal experience with therapy was a big motivation for me to first become a speech-language pathologist, then later to create speech-language apps.
I worked 6 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and an assistive technology (AT) specialist in a school district serving children Pre-K to 8th grade. As an SLP and AT Specialist, I saw first-hand how technology could transform the lives of children with special needs. I especially appreciated the accessibility and portability offered by Apple’s iOS devices. Since 2008, I have explored the many uses of iOS devices and apps in speech-language therapy. I also co-created three iOS applications: Artikpix, PhonoPix, and Percentally.
I now run two companies called Eric Sailers LLC and Expressive Solutions LLC, which are focused on app development and consulting for individuals with special needs. Additionally, I provide trainings throughout the United States on a variety of iOS topics. Most recently, I was a spotlight speaker at the 2012 CUE conference. I also continue to conduct private speech therapy and I maintain one website for my products and resource sharing: ericsailers.com.
San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Spring 2005
The University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Spring 2002
Credentials & Certificates
Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential
Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) number 12109055 from ASHA
CA SLPAB license number SP15985
Trained in Lindamood-Bell
Assistive Technology Certificate, Cal State Northridge
Mobile Device Programming Certificate (specializing in iOS) received from UCSD in June, 2014
Outstanding Achievement Award received from CSHA District 9 in March, 2014