A visit from Judith L. Page

A visit from Judith L. Page, an American Speech Pathologist 

A former president of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Kentucky, Dr. Page was invited to give a keynote speech in Taiwan. During her visit, she came to Sense Innovation Co., Ltd to try out the eye-tracking software as an alternative communication system. Dr. Page is committed to communication intervention strategies for people with severe disabilities and alternative communication systems. Her other research interests include early intervention. She was surprised to see how advanced the software application is and how the marketing research was carried out.

Since speech-language pathology focuses on a person’s pronunciation, articulation, cognitive communication, verbal speech, reading, and writing abilities, Dr. Page was curious to see how we assist children who have cognitive ability impairment. We told her that our primary focus was to increase concentration levels. We work on building the basic cognitive abilities and core vocabulary before the children move on to a higher level of learning. Furthermore, we found that many children who had been declared to be mentally challenged was actually not the case. These special children can’t find an easy way to express themselves and therefore they are often diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. However, we can teach them things around them to train their cognitive abilities, and also with the real-time response from the eye-tracking signals, they actually have a greater potential in learning than they had anticipated.

Dr. Page was amazed by our software, EyePlayer. She soon learned how to use this software with just a few instructions the first time she tried it. She could type, surf the internet on her first try. Therefore, she can see that the application of this software will offer a great help for disabled people to do school assignments or work. In addition, she thinks that the software can not only assist communication but also help people with disorders or diseases such as spinal cord injuries or ALS.

Special thanks to Associate Professor Meng-Ru Tsai from Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Chung Shan Medical University for arranging this meeting. Professor Tsai told Dr. Page about what we do and how much effort we put in and made this meeting happened. We are honored to gain recognition from an authority in this field. We look forward to meeting more professionals in this field and sharing our experience with everyone.