Testimonials

Speech Language Pathologists

“The products by Joan Green will serve as an excellent resource for clinicians and as instructional material for graduate students at the university level who need to be aware of how to integrate technology into treatment approaches and life skills for their clients and their families.” (SLP)

“I am thrilled that Joan Green is publishing her innovative approaches to speech and language treatment using technology and computerized tools. I was trained by her in the use of technology for therapy. I know first hand the benefits that computers, software, Internet and other assistive communication devices provide for patients and their families. Prior to working with Joan, I had provided treatment for adults with aphasia and cognitive communication disorders in a traditional CARF accredited rehabilitation unit. Although we tried utilizing functional methods, we certainly were confined by the resources available to us and time limits presented within the center. After being mentored by Joan on how to incorporate a variety of applicable training software, the Internet, screen readers, and other technology I realized this opened a new door into how to approach therapy for my clients and their families. One client I worked with 5 years after his massive stroke resulting in aphasia and apraxia, was able to fulfill his seemingly unattainable dream of writing a book of crossword puzzles using a puzzle builder program. Another afflicted with a severe aphasia and difficulty comprehending written material was able to practice more independently and read and write email using a screen reader. Over her 20+ years of research, working with clients, and training other SLPs she has achieved an expert knowledge of available tools, resources and uses for technology in the practice of speech language pathology. Currently I am a professor teaching at Loyola College in MD and I see the potential for educating graduate student clinicians on the functional uses for technology in our field. I believe that the products by Joan Green will serve as an excellent resource for clinicians and as instructional material for graduate students at the university level who need to be aware of how to integrate technology into treatment approaches and life skills for their clients and their families.” (Dede Matrangola M.S. CCC-SLP Instructor Loyola College in MD)

“Joan's books should be a required addition to the bookshelf of every speech pathologist involved in stroke rehabilitation.” (SLP)

“IST's approach to using computer applications for patient rehabilitation is a very important tool for both the professional and the patient. 

It is especially critical in today's healthcare world of managed care, where patients are discharged too quickly and still need considerably more rehabilitation than their insurance companies will allow. 

With the intensive  programs that  Joan Green can put together for a patient, both the patient and the family can reap the rewards. The family can learn to become an integral part of the patient's rehabilitation program. 

Computer speech programs that exist today to help regain cognitive and communication skills are overwhelming for a patient to disseminate themselves. Each patient is an individual with different skill sets that need to be improved. With the individual attention that IST gives each patient, the use of technology is essential to enhance his or her progress. 

What is also unique in the use of the computer is that the keyboard has a link to the brain that greatly expands the graphic modality. If the patient has lost his ability to physically write, he can still write and express his thoughts through the keyboard. This means that there is always a way to improve cognitively and the computer is the driving force behind it. 

I absolutely endorse the use of Joan's materials in graduate speech pathology programs. In addition, every clinical rehabilitation program should have these materials as a reference. Ideally, every patient who does not have ready access to a speech rehabilitation program after a traumatic or medical incident, which affects the brain, should attend TWIST. 

Joan Green is to be applauded for having the vision, the energy and the extensive knowledge base for compiling technological information into book format for clinicians, patients, and their families to use to help them regain and return to optimum function. In my opinion, although there are many computer programs out there, Joan is the leading expert in the country in helping patients learn how to utilize computer applications to maximize their recovery.”

“I have always been able to rely on Joan's advice when I needed it - and now her knowledge” (SLP) 

“Joan Green's aptly-named company — Innovative Speech Therapy — says it all. Her approach to helping stroke survivors and other communicatively-challenged clients to achieve maximum success is truly innovative. Locally if not nationally, Joan is uniquely qualified to apply and adapt software programs to meet the specific needs of her clients with post-stroke aphasia. Her personalized, intensive program (TWIST) is a prime example of her dedication to providing highly individualized and effective remediation services. She is equally committed to educating other SLPs so that they, too, can use technology with their clients. I have attended several of Joan's workshops and always found her presentations to be full of easily understood and highly useful information. 

As a speech-language pathologist in private practice, I share Joan Green's enthusiasm for using technology for the benefit of individuals with communication and cognitive challenges. I applaud her contributions to our field. I was fortunate to have Joan's expertise when I obtained grants from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Montgomery County Maryland Government on behalf of the Montgomery County Stroke Association (MCSA) , a non-profit support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. She wisely advised me regarding affordable technology tools and capably provided most of the individual in-home session and small group instruction for the stroke survivors with aphasia who participated in two different grant-funded programs. I have always been able to rely on Joan's advice when I needed it- and now her knowledge will be available to everyone who purchases her products.” (Janet M. Gritz, M.A. CCC-SLP — Founder of Communication Matters)

Other Professionals

"I was thoroughly impressed with her level of expertise, and was thrilled to work so closely with someone of her professional excellence." (OT)

"I strongly support Joan Green's work with her rehabilitative clients. Ms. Green's unique treatment approach utilizes the most innovative technology tools available to maximize the language and cognitive potential of her rehabilitative clients. In conjunction with traditional therapeutic approaches, Ms. Green's method of intervention uses specialized computer software. Her treatment regime is both motivating and reassuring to her clients as they begin to experience progress they had not yet achieved with traditional treatment methods.

As an occupational therapist, I too specialize in using technology to improve the functional independence of people with special needs. Last year, Ms. Green and I treated two of the same clients. I was thoroughly impressed with her level of expertise, and was thrilled to work so closely with someone of her professional excellence. I believe that rehabilitative therapists do not use technology enough to help their clients achieve their highest level of independence. Both of our professions need more therapists trained in the uses of assistive technologies. Joan's publications will help ease the fear of those who are intimidated by "technology" and in time will encourage more therapists to incorporate technology into their treatments. Joan gets results." (Elaine Schwartz, MS, OTR/L Creative Therapy Solutions)

"Your suggestions for the design and equipment of the lab, as well as your recommendation & training of staff on the speech software was invaluable and helped us to get our program up and running effectively and efficiently." (Executive Director)

"At the Adler Aphasia Center our mission is to empower, enhance and enrich the lives of people with aphasia and their caregivers. The computer lab is part of our Life Skills Program and has proven to be one of the best strategies for achieving our goal. We are so excited about the response our members have had to the computer lab. Your suggestions for the design and equipment of the lab, as well as your recommendation & training of staff on the speech software was invaluable and helped us to get our program up and running effectively and efficiently.

The computer lab has become a cornerstone to the Life Skills Program. The majority of our members had never been exposed to the computer programs in their therapy and although resistant at first to the technology, many of our members now say that it is their favorite activity. They often choose to purchase the software for home use and by training their caregivers in our lab, they are able to use the software at home successfully.

What our members tell us is that the software is very similar to the workbooks that they used in speech therapy but now they are finding the same work on the computer, fun to do rather than tedious and a chore. Moreover, the most effective exercises are the software programs that allow us to customize the activity to meet the specific needs and levels of each person with aphasia. Making the activity relevant for the person (i.e., pronunciation software whereby family photos are imported and those names are recorded to provide relevant speech practice) whether it be in the computer lab or a discussion group is the motivating factor for active participation at the center.

Many of our older members are grieving over their losses; i.e., loss of language skills such as reading, spelling, word retrieval, etc. Often they have never used a computer prior to their strokes. Once they begin utilizing the software, they are amazed at their 'new abilities' as they move beyond the speech exercises and begin emailing their grandchildren.

We have many speech students volunteer at the center. The majority of these students are unfamiliar with the software but once they have spent an hour with one of our members at the computer they realize how helpful it can be. To my knowledge there are no university programs that offer any specific training on computer software but if we are training our therapists to offer long term rehabilitation and they are not involving technology that has become as commonplace as the telephone, they are ignoring a life skill that can have a tremendous impact on the lifelong rehabilitation of an aphasic." (Karen Tucker, M.A. Executive Director, Adler Aphasia Center)

"Your presentation was extremely well received and demonstrated your knowledge and commitment to the field of brain injury rehabilitation." (S.R. - Director of Program Services for Brain Injury Services)

"One of our staff attended your presentation and relayed to me how impressed she was with the work you are doing with integrating technology into rehabilitation. She heard many positive comments about your presentation. A family member of a survivor of stroke she met who had attended you presentation described it as "awesome." Congratulations on your efforts!" (CJ - President of Interactive Therapeutics)