The Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University offers a wide variety of modern technologies in the areas of video observation, augmentative and alternative communication, fluency, and voice/speech science. This technology is used to enhance the clinical and classroom experiences while introducing students to various systems and devices they may encounter in the work setting.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
The Speech-Language Pathology department has a large selection of cutting-edge AAC devices. These devices are available for clients, students, and faculty use in the clinic and classroom. Some of the devices include:
Mighty Mo, Mini Mo, Vantage Plus, Vanguard Plus, Pathfinder Plus, Spring Board Plus, DynaVox DV5, Dynamite, Dynamo, Boardmaker, Speaking Dynamically Pro, Chatbox, Mercury, Tech Talk, Co:writer, MT4, Lightwriter, Dynawrite, Big Mac, Tango, and other equipment.
Motion Capture Technology
Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (NIRS)
The Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Misericordia University uses a novel technology (Landro Play Analyzer) (LPA) for speech and language observation and analysis. This technology is used for advanced video-capture in the clinic. Cameras in each therapy room are linked to a central server. The LPA secure server sends the video to a clinical supervisor's computer for recording and editing. Four sessions can be viewed and recorded simultaneously. The video is also sent to the student clinicians' resource room, clinical rooms, and classrooms for viewing and playback. These videos can be accessed via tablet PCs in each therapy and observation room so that students can review sessions with clients in real-time. Professors can also retrieve video from the server and display clinical sessions in the classroom. All sessions are categorized by several parameters, including, age, gender, race, disorder, therapy session, treatment technique, and other factors. Students, supervisors, and faculty can complete a video analysis in Microsoft Excel of one session or multiple sessions for a client or for numerous clients by refining a search field by any of the parameters in the database. All video can be burnt to DVD format and given to clients to demonstrate progress in therapy. The equipment in the video observation lab was funded by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – Keystone Innovation Starter Kit Grant and by Misericordia University's Faculty Research Grant Program.
Voice/Speech Science Lab
Clients, students and faculty have access to a lab that has state-of-the-art equipment for research and clinical practice. Equipment includes:
Visi-Pitch IV 3950 for Voice Diagnostics, Yamaha Keyboard for Voice Treatment, Endoscopic Unit, Aerophone II - Phonatory Aerodynamic System (PAS), Electroglottograph, CSL,VES, videostroboscopy, spirometry and other equipment.
Students are performing a voice evaluation in the Misericordia University Speech-Language and Hearing Center. This evaluation is completed by using an instrument that measures the acoustic parameters of the voice.