Speech and Language
MeloComm Speech and Language Therapy was founded by a Speech-Language Pathologist out of a need for quality evidence-based apps and materials for minimally verbal children in her own practice.
Every material we make is evidence-based, easy to use, and has been tested in the field firsthand by our founder as well as beta-tested by parents and clinicians!
We take your comments and suggestions seriously and make changes on updates as needed!
MeloComm Speech and Language Therapy is a registered DBA.
Givona A. Sandiford, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, is a licensed speech–language pathologist with over ten years of experience working with individuals with autism and other speech/language disorders. Dr. Sandiford has served as a speech–language pathologist in public schools and non-public schools, outpatient clinics, home health, skilled nursing facilities, and various other settings. She has also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. She is the developer of Melodic Based Communication Therapy (M.B.C.T.), which was the subject of her dissertation research. Her research on Melodic Based Communication Therapy was the recipient of the LLU School of Allied Health Professions 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award and has been published in and cited by multiple publications in peer–reviewed journals. She has presented on this topic nationwide. Dr. Sandiford recently had the opportunity to act as a panelist at the 2017 Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference at Stanford University. She is a huge advocate for the appropriate use of technology to improve a patient's access to care.
Watch our Founder in Action!
Our founder, Dr. Givona Sandiford, has always been passionate in her belief that nonverbal children with autism are capable of making progress and learning. This passion is what spurred her research on Melodic Based Communication Therapy (M.B.C.T.). See her briefly discuss presumed competence in nonverbal children with autism during this Speechscience.org AAC after Work intermission.
Publications on M.B.C.T.
A Pilot Study on the Efficacy of Melodic Based Communication Therapy for Eliciting Speech In Nonverbal Children with Autism (Sandiford, et. al., Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013)
Improving Pragmatics in Nonverbal Children with Autism Using Melodic Based Communication Therapy (Sandiford, et. al., 2013, Autism-Open Access)
Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update (Weitlauf, et. al., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014)
M.B.C.T. Conversation Connections - many children with autism struggle with basic conversation skills. This app may be used to help your child learn how to initiate and respond to comments of increasing difficulty. Currently being beta tested.
We're the Creators of Melodic Based Communication Therapy (M.B.C.T.). See How M.B.C.T. Works!
Adrian was age 7 and nonverbal with autism at the time of initiating Melodic Based Communication Therapy (4x/week for 5 weeks). Family members credit M.B.C.T. for helping him become verbal after having tried many other methods of intervention. You will want to make sure you see updated videos of him 3 years later at age 10 as he now speaks two languages.