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Howard Snyder

Stroke Survivor

Written by Howard on SentenceShaper®

The iPod touch helps me to talk immensely. I’d like to use it all the time, playing one movie after the other. I use VAST in lots of places to help me communicate.


For example, I use VAST at my favorite restaurant Atwater’s. I use it to help me order food. I tell others what’s good on the menu. I like to order pecan pie or cake but I can’t say it without reading lips. So I use the iPod touch.


I have also used VAST to participate in my family Seder. I was unable to participate in the Seder for the past ten years. At Passover I wrote a speech about Moses on my computer. My wife, Judi, read the story and we recorded her lips. The video was edited and downloaded to my iPod touch. I practiced a few times and then I presented the speech before the Seder meal. My family was amazed.


I serve on SCALE’s Board. I use VAST at SCALE’s Board meetings to organize thoughts that I want to share. I create a written narrative on my computer and then we put it on the iPod touch.


I have also used VAST to share funny memories with friends. I wrote the story about my fraternity days. I played the story for my friends. We all had a good laugh.


In the future, I’d like to use VAST to share famous speeches and share funny jokes. I want to record stories for special occasions and share good memories and good wishes. Lastly, I will use this technology to educate others about aphasia.


Related Tesimonials:

Denise McCall, M.A., CCC-SLP Director of the SCALE Center The visual, auditory and written cues provided on the video dramatically improve the ability to speak. Since these same supports have been effective with many individuals with aphasia and apraxia, I immediately thought of a number of clients who might benefit from this approach. Learn More

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