Visuospatial Training Tablet: Visual Scanning for Spatial Neglect

Visuospatial Training Tablet: Visual Scanning for Spatial Neglect

Jennifer Papa, MS, CCC-SLP

This innovative tablet is designed to improve visual scanning training for patients and individuals with hemispatial neglect due to stroke, brain injury or other disorders.

The Tablet has LED lights in RED and GREEN and patterns to stimulate attention in reading, writing and mealtime activities for patients with spatial neglect.

Multimodal cues enhance visual scanning during reading, writing and mealtime activities.

It is ideal for use in hospital, rehabilitation, and home care by speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, nurses, and home health aides to improve cueing, stimulate attention, and provide adaptations for impaired upper extremity functions and visual neglect.

VISUOSPATIAL TRAINING TABLET Training Video

Item: VSTT
Price: $400.00
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Full Description

How it Works

Place a worksheet or reading material on the board and secure it with the magnets. Or, place the patient’s meal on the spill-proof surface to improve attention to the neglected side of space. Then, turn on the lights to the desired color and lighting pattern. The level of cueing can be increased or decreased by using 1, 2 or 3 columns of light. The columns can be adjusted to move in a sequence from midline to the left or provide a low intensity flash. For additional cueing, the tablet can be set to offer auditory feedback in 5, 10 or 15 second intervals.

Features

  • Magnetic Face: Holds worksheets in place for patients with impaired upper extremity function
  • Auditory Cues: Provides sound cues with adjustable rate and volume
  • Visual Cues:3 LED light columns with adjustable width, color, pattern and intensity
  • Spill-Proof: Use during meal time treatments to address swallowing and/or attention to task
  • Reversible: Visual cues on the left or right side of the board
  • Battery Operated: Lasts up to 70 hours.
  • The tablet is powered by standard C-Cell batteries,which are included. There is no plug or 12-volt adapter system.
  • Rechargeable C-Cell batteries will work in the tablet, but they are not included in the package.

Treatment Activities

  • Mealtime Visual Attention: Use as a tray to stimulate attention during meals
  • Paper Activities: Cancellation tasks, mazes, reading activities, written language activities, etc.
Details
Item VSTT
Pages Dimensions: 11.75” x 15.5” x 1.25” Weight: 8 lbs.
Year 2013

Authors

Jennifer Papa, MS, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer is a speech-language pathologist with an additional Master's Degree in Healthcare Leadership. She is currently working as a Rehabilitation Director in Boston. Jennifer established Bright Side Therapy, LLC in 2012. The company was inspired by years of experience working with the adult brain injury population in various settings. In 2011, she began developing the patent-pending Visuospatial Training Tablet (VSTT) which uses LED lights and sound to stimulate and retrain attention in patients with hemispatial neglect. Bright Side Therapy launched the VSTT and the CUEzie (the first dysphagia koozie!) at the ASHA Convention in 2012.

Jennifer is also a Reiki Level II practitioner with a strong interest in meditation and cognition. She is looking forward to introducing products in this area during 2013.

Contents

Warranty

Bright Side Therapy’s Visuospatial Training Tablet comes with a one-year full warranty against defects in material and workmanship. This warranty term is effective for one year beginning with the date of sale. During this time, Bright Side Therapy will repair or replace products returned to us. This warranty does not cover damage due to external causes (i.e., accident, rough handling, misuse, unauthorized service) and usage not in accordance with product instructions. Owners should not attempt to service the tablet themselves. This warranty extends only to the original customer and is not transferrable. This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties expressed or implied.

Excerpts

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Visual scanning is an evidenced-based method of treatment for left neglect. The evidence-based review of stroke rehabilitation states that “visuospatial rehabilitation with training in visuospatial scanning should be standard practice for patients affected by visuoperceptual deficits associated with visual neglect after a right hemispheric stroke” (Teasell et al., 2010, p. 14). The review concludes that “there is strong (Level 1a) evidence that treatment utilizing primarily enhanced visual scanning techniques improves visual neglect post-stroke with associated improvements in function” (p. 19). (See this article at: http://www.ebrsr.com/reviews_details.php?Perceptual-Disorders-28)

The Visuospatial Training Tablet can enhance the rehabilitation of proper visual scanning during reading and writing treatment tasks. It can also encourage attention to the left during meal time.

Other references:

“Based on results of their reviews, the authors recommended that visuospatial rehabilitation with training in visuospatial scanning should be standard practice for patients affected by visuoperceptual deficits associated with visual neglect after right hemispheric stroke.” Cicerone et al (2000, 2005)

“Subjects who received scanning and cueing showed a reduction in UVN in one or more tests.” Bailey, M., Riddoch. M., & Crome, P. (2002)

“Visual scanning training was found to be effective in 4-week, 1-hour daily programs.” Hreha, K. & Barrett, A. (2010)

Reviews

What do you like most about this product?

“This device is great for patients with visual perceptual deficits such as a left neglect. I just photocopied my work sheets and attached with the magnets, no need to highlight the margins. I tried it with a patient with moderate cognitive deficits and he was even able to consistently locate the 'red lines' to assist with scanning/reading tasks.”

“This product is amazing! Finally, there is a therapeutic instrument that can meet the specialized needs of my patients who have visuospatial impairments.”

“I liked all the possible features: blinking, color, sound, number of columns. I also liked the strength of the magnets as I did not need to hold the paper down for my patient.”

"Uses a therapy modality that I am already simulating with a piece of paper and a highlighter, but it is already prepared for grab and go."

"Capacity to change and individualize the lights and pattern …very useful."

"Potential for a more salient stimulus than a red line on the side of a page."

"Fact that it based on an evidence based treatment - visual scanning."

"Innovative, original"

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