VAST-Songs delivers an innovative set of features that integrate video modeling with music to support speech therapy - provides a set of 21 song performances targeting music therapy for both children and adults.
Singing has been used as an accepted treatment technique in speech therapy for many years. It’s also well known that music stimulates several different areas of the brain. Multiple research studies have shown that stimulating different areas of the brain results in improved speech production. Singing in unison with a visual model has also been demonstrated to have a positive effect on speech production when using familiar songs.
VAST-Songs supplements the accepted use of singing in speech therapy by providing extra cueing: simultaneously hearing the song while following the oral movements. The application was designed to accommodate and then challenge individuals with speech production or fluency problems.
-A Mirror function (for devices with front-facing camera) to self-monitor and self-model.
-Written and video-based tutorials
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently funding research into the effectiveness of using VAST with VR goggles and mobile technology.
This app represents a collaborative effort between the music and speech therapy professions:
-Vocals were performed by Neurologic Music Therapist, Jenni Rook, MT-BC, LPC – Clinical Director for Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts.
-Speech-Language Pathologist, Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP is an Apraxia expert with 30+yrs of professional experience and 3+yrs of experience using and developing the VAST program in a clinical environment.
- Speech-Pathologist and Autism Specialist Lois Jean Brady who is conducting research for the NIH using VAST techniques to improve motor speech for autism and apraxia.