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Matthew Guggemos Speech-Language Pathologist, Musician, & Technology Innovator


Innovative speech-language pathologist with extensive experience in music performance and recording, as well as technology development for autism intervention and communication disorders. Co-founder of iTherapy and co-owner/co-publisher of Autism Digest, with a strong focus on creating multi-sensory digital learning products and exploring the connections between skill mastery, improvisation, and communication.

Professional Experience

  • Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, iTherapy (2014-Present)

    • Developed InnerVoice, an award-winning communication app

    • Collaborated with Microsoft on AI for Accessibility Grant

    • Managed numerous grants, including NIH, NSF, and Autism Speaks

  • Principal Investigator & Speech-Language Pathologist (Various projects)

    • Research Director, NSF SBIR Grant #1520587 (2015): Synthesizing emotional communication for mobile devices

    • Co-Investigator, NIH Grant 1 R43 DC018447-01 (2019): Studying the effects of virtual reality- and tablet-based intervention on functional motor speech skills in children with autism

    • Co-Investigator, NSF SBIR Phase 1 Grant #2025836 (2020): Developing a machine-learning speech and language evaluation system

    • CTO, NSF SBIR Phase 2 Grant #2025836 (2022): Evaluative Artificial Speech Intelligence-Autism Screener (EASI-AS)

  • Co-Owner & Co-Publisher, Autism Digest (2014-Present)

    • Winner of the 2013 Mensa Intellectual Benefits to Society Award

  • Professional Musician & Recording Artist (1990-Present)

    • Drummer for bands Freighter and miRthkon, featured on multiple albums

    • Performed with renowned jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich

  • Literacy Education Specialist (Michigan Dyslexia Institute, San Francisco Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center)


  • B.A. in Liberal Studies, Golden Gate University (Emphasis on English, History, and Philosophy)

  • M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, California State University, East Bay

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • Advanced Certified Autism Specialist, International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

Skills & Interests

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt

  • Downhill skiing

  • Speed bagging

  • Drum Language project, exploring relationships among skill mastery, improvisation, and communication

  • Blogging and writing articles on communication development, technology, musical thinking, evidence-based practices, and autism 


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