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web19SCC’s Conference Rooms are used in our group programs. The rooms have wireless connections for laptops and other mobile devices. The monitors project onto the television screen to show program materials, software or apps. Mobile devices, such as the Ipad, can be configured to be disability friendly. We show how to change the setup of the device for each member’s needs. We find that tablet and smartphone apps assist members to live independently, practice language skills and interact with friends and family. Many of our members connect with each other outside the center via game apps like Words with Friends or Draw Something.

VASTTM Program

We began using closeup video of oral movements at SCC in order to help our members with apraxia learn to produce the tongue and lip movements necessary to produce speech and to speak simultaneously with the video to speak sentences, paragraphs, stories, tell jokes or even deliver a toast or speech.  Any member who is appropriate can be taught to use the VASTTM program to improve their ability to speak.

Our members had such success using this technique that we were encouraged to share the program with others who benefit from the technique.  We do this through our partnership with SpeakinMotionTM a small technology company which develops apps using the technique and a website that instructs in the use of the technique and provides custom recordings so that individuals can speak words, phrases, sentences that are most important to them.  Independent research  conducted in the Aphasia Lab at the University of South Carolina showed that after training with the use of the VASTTM technique, survivors with non-fluent aphasia produced 60% more words.  You can read about this research at Speech Entrainment.

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