"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)