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Holly Wilder

Graduate Intern

From my experience working with individuals with apraxia using VAST, I found that the VAST technology is diverse and dynamic in its potential to assist these individuals. By providing scripts that can be used to communicate in daily situations or for practice with various aspects of speech, VAST can be used as a therapy tool as well as assist in communication.

For those users to who practiced frequently at home, and even for those who did not practice, I saw clear improvement in the clarity of their speech, their intonation and prosody, the volume of their speech, and their overall confidence with their ability to communicate.

I feel that the VAST technology is a revolutionary way for individuals with apraxia to practice and communicate using their own speech in a way that was not previously possible. It has the potential to create a positive impact on the user’s life that may range from simply making a phone call to say hello to a friend, to making a public speech, to improving their speech so that they can decrease the level of assistance necessary over time.

Depending on the user’s needs, VAST technology can improve their communicative abilities in various ways; however, the increase in confidence that I saw in those who used VAST technology was one of its most remarkable aspects and is something that is important to all individuals who have difficulty communicating.

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