SpeakinMotion was founded to bring VAST to a larger population of speech-impaired individuals and speech professionals. VAST was pioneered at the Stroke Comeback Center in Virginia, where the program has significantly impacted a number of its members. Many of the concepts behind the VAST program have been presented within the professional speech community, receiving strong interest.
Many people wanted to know how they too, could use the VAST program. Though the technology is available, it requires the appropriate equipment, software, technical knowledge and time to make it all work. Additionally, it requires someone who can record the scripts with a consistent rate and rhythm. Even with all of these abilities, it can be an ongoing hassle.
These are the fundamental reasons for the existence of SpeakinMotion. By addressing these basic market needs through a viable business, we can widely distribute the VAST program to all of those individuals that may benefit.
We are still in the developmental stages of the business. If you would like to discuss possible partnership, investment or employment opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our product development efforts and priorities are guided by our professional partners and the deep industry experience of our professional advisors.
Darlene S. Williamson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Darlene is well-known in the field of speech-language pathology, having presented at the regional, state and national level. Darlene is the founder and the Executive Director of the Stroke Comeback Center, a non-profit organization providing affordable speech and language communication programs for stroke survivors in a supportive and caring environment. She received her undergraduate education at Purdue University, and completed her postgraduate education at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Darlene has more than 25 years of experience in all levels of post stroke care, including acute care, long term care, outpatient stroke rehabilitation, home health, and private practice. She was previously the Clinic Director at The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, and continues as adjunct faculty. Darlene has presented in the areas of supervision, ethics, progressive dementia, and aphasia, particularly group treatment and quality outcomes, but her primary area of clinical expertise and investigation is apraxia. She has researched the efficacy of various approaches to apraxia and is presently finalizing her suggested approach to apraxia treatment, Mind Over Matter. She serves as Vice President for Programs on the Board of the National Aphasia Association. Her efforts on behalf of persons with stroke have won her several clinical and community service awards.
Jeff (son of Darlene) originally founded SpeakinMotion after witnessing the impact that VAST had on early users and realizing its potential for a far larger population with the appropriate technology, services and business model in place. Jeff holds a Systems Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and has 10 years experience in the consumer financial services industry, having held a variety of finance, marketing, technology, data management and statistical modeling roles. He has the technical knowledge and experience to oversee the development of the required technology and to manage the SpeakinMotion business.
Sean was brought on early to help in the development, marketing, and sales of SpeakinMotion. He received his degree in Financial Management from Clemson University. Sean began his career in IT sales dealing with the infrastructure needs of many large companies. He moved on to become CFO of Multicultural Clinical Center where he was in charge of finance, marketing, and IT development of the 80 person business. His experience in the Clinical Services and IT industry, as well as his background in finance, will be valuable in the development of SpeakinMotion.