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SpeakinMotion Interview & Giveaway

Published November 19, 2012 3:11 PM by Megan Sutton

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Tactus Therapy and ADVANCE booths at the ASHA Convention to say "hello" and give positive feedback on the blog! It was so nice to meet everyone!

I had a chance to sit down with SpeakinMotion's Sean Keegan to talk about the VAST apps while in Atlanta. For those who don't know, SpeakinMotion has 7 apps that show quality video of a mouth in various speech acts for adults with apraxia of speech and children on the autism spectrum. Here's a summary of what he had to say:

What is VAST?

Video Assisted Speech Technology. It's a technique that Darlene Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP, developed from her work at the Stroke Comeback Center based around video modeling and script training. It combines visual, auditory, and written cueing to help the user produce speech.

Who is it for?

It was originally developed for adults with acquired apraxia of speech, but now the autism community has jumped on board. We have apps for songs, scripts, keywords, and a new app for oral motor exercises.

What should everyone know about your apps?

They're not for everyone, but for those who they help, it can build confidence or be groundbreaking to help people to speak for themselves, which is our mission.

From my own clinical use of the VAST apps, I know the close-up mouth video with subtitles is great for those with severe apraxia of speech. People who are unable to speak on their own can follow along in near-unison with a video model to produce amazingly fluent speech. My patients also benefit from not having to hear me sing "Happy Birthday" anymore! Now I just put on the VAST Songs 1 app, and they sing along. Check out the latest update of this app for new features like added songs, adjustable tempo, piano accompaniment, a new singer, easier turning on/off of subtitles, and saved settings.

I love how you can now turn the vocal track down to allow a client to sing on their own with the video and/or text cues.  The new and improved video player puts all four audio tracks (metronome, rhythmic piano accompaniment, piano, and voice) in your control, while maintaining easy access to adjust captions and tempo during independent use. The new app tutorial suggests starting with the slowest tempo, then removing the captions and auditory tracks from the bottom-up to increase independence. The app allows for greater intensity of practice in singing, a skill frequently preserved in patients with aphasia.

SpeakinMotion's VAST Songs 1 - Intro is currently priced at $4.99 on the App Store for all iOS devices.  For more of their apps or to learn about their custom recording service, visit http://www.speakinmotion.com/.

If you would like to win a copy of this app, please leave a comment below to enter to win!

12 comments

I would love to trial this app with my apraxic clients as well as my severe aphasics

Louise, Speech pathology - Speech pathologist, Private practice December 22, 2013 2:40 PM
Sydney

I sure would like to try this with an apraxic HS kid who responds well to articulation practice through singing.

Jeryl, , SLP School February 26, 2013 9:36 PM
Junction City KS

Congratulations Debra! You won! The price of this app is now $14.99, so it's an even bigger win! I'll email you the code.

Megan Sutton December 3, 2012 10:11 PM

I would love to win this app!

Carrie Walls December 2, 2012 12:51 AM

Sounds interesting. Always looking to try new apps.

Vikki December 1, 2012 9:43 AM
Woodstock NC

This looks like a great app to help patients with aphasia. I would love to own it for use in the hospital setting.

Chrissy, Speech Pathology - Graduate Student Clinican, Grand Rapids Public School November 28, 2012 7:01 PM
Grand Rapids MI

I would love a chance to win this app! I'm trying to collect the best speech therapy resources on a student budget.

Tara November 23, 2012 7:09 PM
Boston MA

I would love to try this. I work with several students on the spectrum as well as a few with apraxia or apraxic-like speech.

Debra, SLP - School November 22, 2012 8:13 PM
Cincinnati OH

Just re-read the ADVANCE article about VAST today and saw this giveaway soon after. Would love to own it and use it.

Ramya November 21, 2012 12:56 AM
albuquerque NM

I recently saw this App in the Advance Magazine. I haven't tried it myself yet, but it looks versatile. I work in both inpatient and outpatient settings with adults. I appreciate that it is adult friendly but can be used with multiple populations.

Laura

Laura , Speech Language Pathology - Speech Pathologist, Hospital November 20, 2012 4:44 PM
Kansas City MO

I'm currently working with individuals with aphasia and I think this looks like a great app!

Maddie, speech pathology - Student, Healthsouth November 20, 2012 4:37 PM
Morgantown WV

This looks very interesting and as someone who is trying to build a private practice, having technology based therapy tools would be very effective.

Alison Sekora, SLP - SLP, Private November 20, 2012 11:29 AM
New York NY

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