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Fairfield County Bank Supports RVNA Speech Therapy

For over two decades, Fairfield County Bank has been an invaluable friend to RVNA, sponsoring community events and fundraisers and furthering RVNA’s mission of bringing health and wellness to our communities. Recently, Fairfield County Bank’s partnership with RVNA has expanded into the clinical realm, funding the introduction of iPads and targeted applications for the treatment of RVNA speech therapy patients.

“The Bank’s vision and generosity will have a profound impact on our adult patients and our clinicians, who now have a compact, affordable and fun way to treat a myriad of conditions,” says RVNA speech therapist, Cheryl Moyer-Rafferty, MS, CCC-SLP.”

“The popularity of the iPad has generated an explosion of speech therapy applications for adults,” Moyers-Rafferty continues. “They are used to assist patients with the maintenance of their speech, language or swallowing skills – as seen in chronic conditions like ALS and Parkinson’s — and they also assist in the acquisition of new skills and the facilitation of recovery from traumatic injuries, strokes and surgical procedures.”

Two applications currently in use at RVNA include Constant Therapy and Apraxia Therapy (both featuring VAST video).

Constant Therapy is an award winning, interactive application which focuses on improving speech, language, cognition, memory, reading, comprehension and attention skills with 65 categories and over 60,000 stimulus items at 10 different levels. Patients are presently using the application in their homes with an RVNA clinician and then continue treatment through a monthly subscription allowing them to independently pursue active recovery.

Apraxia Therapy is an exciting speech therapy application designed to help people with aphasia and apraxia speak more fluently. By following along with a video model, users are led in the repetitive practice required to stimulate and re-teach the brain. The app uses VAST video to promote audio, visual and tactile activity and written support for speech.

Digital Applications for speech therapy are not meant to replace traditional low-tech interventions, but rather augment – and extend — these methods by allowing treatment to continue even after reimbursed care ends.  This is critical for families and patients alike who struggle to achieve their rehabilitation goals.