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A world citizen problem solver focused on speech, language and communication

Speech-Language Pathologist founder & owner of two successful businesses in the edtech space

Barbara Fernandes, an award winning Brazilian-American Speech-Language Pathologist, immigrated to the United States as an adult with very limited English skills. She went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in her field, founding two businesses and revolutionizing her field with nearly seventy successful product launches to date, a communication symbol set, received an NIH SBIR Award and became a best-selling author in 2022. 

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Barbara has revolutionized the speech-language pathology field since founding Smarty Ears thirteen years ago.

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Barbara’s Latest Projects & Publications

  • Fernandes, Barbara. Sis, you got this. From Surviving to Thriving as a Minority Speech-Language Pathologist. Smarty Ears, 2022. [BOOK]

  • Speech and Language Academy, 2021 – A library of fully interactive speech-language activities. [APP]

  • Small Business Innovation Search Award (SBIR) – National Institute of Health, 2019- 2021



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Barbara Fernandes, founder and CEO of Smarty Ears, is well known for her innovative and breakthrough product development for speech and communication disorders. For over a decade, Barbara has translated science into user friendly and powerful technology to support individuals with communication disorders. Barbara transformed an entire industry to adopt mobile technologies through the design and development of over sixty mobile applications and an entire symbol library: Smarty Symbols.









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