Treat Announces Recent Pilot Project Grant Awardees (September 2017)

Speech Mate

Robert Taub, DMA
Lawrence Welkowitz, PhD
Tembor, LLC
$25,000 and up to 190 hours of in-kind services

SpeechMatch is an easy, fun, game-like engaging tool that provides social skills speech training for people with autism spectrum disorder. SpeechMatch enables language acquisition and improvement to continue when speech therapists are not present.

Gait Buddy

Cassi Petsch, PhD 
Petsch Therapeutic Innovations, LLC
$5,000 and up to 100 hours of in-kind services 

The Gait Buddy device attaches a wheelchair to a walker, enabling a single therapist to provide hands-on gait training in a manner safe for both therapist and patient.


Brian Glaister, MS
Cadence Biomedical
$25,000 and up to 105 hours of in-kind services

Facilitating Social Connections - the Me, Myself & You Board Game

TREAT Award Winner of the RESNA Student Design Competition

The Me, Myself & You board game was developed by three Stanford University undergraduates, Devika Patel, Claire Jacobson, and Nina Ligon. Below, the team describes the game and its goals.

One in 68 children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorders (CDC 2014).  From interviewing individuals with autism and people who work with them, we learned that the ability to make and sustain relationships is a persistent challenge adults with autism face. We set out to design a product to ease adulthood transition for individuals with autism, who, upon becoming “legal adults,” face a staggering loss of resources. After field research with local autism communities, we created Me, Myself & You (MMY), a board game to facilitate social connection.

Our solution is a board game that allows users to engage with peers while moving towards a common goal: to reach the end of the game. Players ask and answer questions, posed on four different kinds of cards, to advance their pieces through the game board.

MMY aims to create a safe way for adults with autism to engage with each other and learn about their peers. The social scripts surrounding board gameplay is familiar to our users and gives them the confidence to engage with the questions and activities. The game cards prompt serious answers to questions like “What is your definition of love?”, and sillier responses to activities like “Show us how you would make scrambled eggs!” This range of cards helps users learn more about their peers to start and solidify friendships.

All in all, MMY is an engaging way for adults with autism to interact, learn, and have fun with their peers.

Learn more about MMY:

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