VAST Songs 2 - Kids delivers innovative features that maximize cueing by integrating video modeling with music to support speech therapy for children. It is designed to accommodate and then challenge children with Autism, developmental Apraxia and other motor speech planning disorders.
Highlights and Features:
- Supplements musical intervention being applied in speech and music therapy
- Emphasizes oral movements while the music activates areas of the brain responsible for speech production
- Encourages spontaneous speech production
- User-adjusted settings are saved for each song
- Provides maximum auditory cueing through independently adjustable audio tracks:
- Rhythmic Piano Accompaniment
- Piano Melody
- Vocals performed by a music therapist
- Audio support can be gradually decreased, promoting user independence
- The playback speed can be adjusted to support users’ current capability and their progression
- Lyrics are optionally displayed in sync with the video
- A built-in mirror function to support self-monitoring
This app represents a collaborative effort between the music and speech therapy professions:
- Neurologic Music Therapist, Jenni Rook, MT-BC, LCPC (Clinical Director for Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts) served as a consultant and performed the vocals.
- 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.
- Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP is an Autism expert with 20+yrs of experience and author of “Apps for Autism” and “Speech in Action.”
The common children’s songs in the app were carefully selected based on their therapeutic benefits. The songs included in the app are:
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Eensy Weensy Spider
- Alphabet Song
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- The Ants Go Marching
- London Bridge is Falling Down
- Wheels on the Bus
- Old MacDonald
- Jingle Bells
- I’m a Little Teapot
- Music stimulates several different areas of the brain which multiple research studies have shown 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.
- Studies have shown music also has an impact on improving speech articulation and can improve the coordination of oral motor activity.
- This application is based on the principles of RSC and MIT, incorporating rhythm and melody while stimulating memory and automatic speech with the use of familiar songs.
- Rhythmic Speech Cuing (RSC) is a common technique utilized by music therapists when working with individuals with apraxia and dysarthria.
Awesome - 5 stars!
"Loooove this app. My daughter is absolutely addicted to it. It has encouraged her to use the iPad and to be better with her pointer finger. Great app."