REKNEW: Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders with Communication Disorders


We're researching innovative ways to support individuals with communication impairments through assistive technology.

Announcing a New Tongue Depressor Hurling ChampionBP and her trophy

Our very own Betts Peters, MA, CCC-SLP/L, has been crowned Tongue Depressor Hurling Champion of the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. With a distance of 17' 2", Betts beat the other members of our team by at least two feet and the second place competitor by nearly an entire foot. Upon being announced as the winner, Betts thanked the many people who helped her and encouraged her to accomplish her goals including her family and the REKNEW Lab team.

Announcing a Podcast on BCI and ALS

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently completed a podcast on “Brain-Computer Interface for People with Complex Communication Needs” with Tony Heyl of the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter. The podcast explains what BCI is and what it is not; it is for the general population and includes resources where you can find additional information.

The podcast is now online here.

There is also a BCI fact sheet for the ALS Association, written by Dr. Fried-Oken and Ms. Betts Peters available here.

REKNEW Projects are researching ways that Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can support adults with degenerative neurological disease as they experience complex communication impairments. REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:

REKNEW Projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS), Dysarthria, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We have also looked at the outcomes of training caregivers in Alzheimer’s Care Units to use communication systems with their residents.

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