Latvian business turns soap bubbles into clear speech

Contributing to the development of children's speech by blowing soap bubbles: this is the idea of bubble artist Alīse Potaša, whose enterprise has been recognized in an international contest, Latvian Radio reported November 6. 

In June this year, Alīse Potaša founded her business Burbuļu spēles (Bubble Games) Ltd. At the moment, the company is moving towards acquiring the formal status of a social enterprise.

"Burbuļu spēles was founded to address speech problems in children. We are creating bubble-blowing products that children play with, at the same time training their speech articulating apparatus," said Alīse.

“My child had asthma, allergic asthma, I didn't know about it, it suddenly started. And what helps? Breathing exercises help because the lungs need to be trained, breathing needs to be trained. And I have bubbles at home. And in the end, as I tell everyone now, we bubbled out asthma.”

Alīse's social enterprise business idea has won the Latvian competition of the international organization Reach for Change, giving her the title Leader of Change 2020. 

Children can also learn letters through bubbles. "It's my bubble game idea, my product, which I'm also developing at the moment: bubble-blowing tools with letters embedded inside. In my childhood, there were small white plastic bricks with letters and images, on the same principle, I have created a bubble-blowing tool containing a letter and object in relation to that letter,” Alīse said.

When designing tools, Alīse consults a speech therapist, and the method of blowing bubbles can also be applied in their work with children. It can also be used as a teaching material for pre-primary education institutions and schools.

The tool is with holes of different sizes, which makes it more difficult. In addition, Alīse wants to develop a digital breathing exercise and methodology so that parents and children can work themselves without specialist involvement.

 

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