A mobile app to Bridge the Word Gap!

A new smart phone app for caregivers and parents of young children, Talk Around Town provides individualized, real-time, location-specific messages aimed at promoting parent and child communication during community outings

Some of the many reasons you should use "Talk Around Town "!

Utilize Location Services in a New Way!

Parents receive communication tips on-the-go

Increases back and forth interactions between parents and children while on outings in the community - shopping, dining, playing and visiting.

Promotes generalization of communication skills to new settings

Improving Quality of Life

Our aim is to improve the life skills of our users and target groups through Talk Around Town Apps, here's how they work:

Using an Android Mobile Device, a User receives tips and notifications when they enter a designated "Waypoint" to help prime and remind them to perform certain tasks

Depending on the App, these tips and notifications are populated either by a professional mentor/monitor, or by the users themselves.

The Tips can be changed on the fly from the Talk Around Town Web Dashboard, or can even be randomly selected when a user enters a designated "Waypoint"

Get Tips and Suggestions Anywhere, discretely.

The main idea behind "The Talk Around Town" is to provide valuable tips and interventions for users in both a convenient, in order to avoid unwanted attention or social stigma (thus also improving Quality of Life.)

We developed the Android Mobile App to be both convenient and discrete by:

Providing phone notifications utilizing the phones native alert sound (So it appears as just another message.)

Unobtrusive notifications that can be dismissed if the User isn't in a 'good spot' to view the tips or act to act on them.
Notifications which are viewable from the devices 'lock screen', making it easier to take a 'quick peek.'

Customization that Matters!

Talk Around Town is designed to be tailored to the user:

Select specific settings, types of tips, complexity and the language!

Adjust tips for each developmental stage of child and parents' strengths and preferences.

Outings made fun!

Talk Around Town is designed to be both useful and fun!

Parents have fun trying new ways to talk to their children and promote child communication development.

Children have opportunities to hear and practice communication, improving chil language development

Outings run smoothly and are more engaging and fun for both parents & children!

Privacy and Security

Because of the nature of the platform, as well as the research being done, We developed Talk Around Town to be particularly secure. All hosted information for the users is de-identified, sanitized and HPAA compliant.

Depending on the requirements of the Project, Talk Around Town can utilize a security module to ONLY connect directly to the projects serverthus preventing accidental data-leakage or 'Man in the Middle Attacks'

Device Access can be controlled via multiple means, and can be enabled/disabled ad-hoc from the Projects Waypoint-Dashboard implementation

Accolades and Awards


Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS, 66101
talkaroundtownapp@gmail.com (current)