Say It! Create It! was founded by Andrea Smith in February 2017.
Andrea is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in children with apraxia and phonological disorders and practices at Chit Chat Therapy in Fort Mill, SC. She earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Winthrop University and completed her Masters in Communication Disorders from The University of South Carolina. Andrea holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the state of SC.
Andrea started Say It! Create It! initially as a desire to create a product to help her own clients have more success in sound production and to create a fun way to get LOTS of repetition. The idea took off and as more therapists were interested in using the manipulatives, Andrea decided to work towards making a product that could be accessible to both therapists and parents alike. She began working with her partner and finance’ Chris Durante in early 2017 to design cutters by sound pattern and they brought the designs to life using a 3-D printer.
This product would not be complete without the hard work and input of friends, co-workers and family. A special thanks to all of those who helped us see this vision and supported us along the way. Articulation cards were created by graphic designer Victoria Franklin and all photography for Say It! Create It! was done by Erika Vaughn Photography. Their help has been invaluable and truly made Andrea’s dream a reality!!