REKNEW: Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders With Communication Disorders. Researching innovative ways to support individuals with communication impairments. Learn more
WELCOME FROM OUR DIRECTOR
The REKNEW research group addresses the complex communication needs of adults with acquired disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. We work on many different REKNEW projects, targeting different adult groups and communication supports. Our approach is based on a philosophy of Participatory Action Research: we believe that individuals with complex communication needs should be part of our research endeavors, from the initial questions posed in a study to the dissemination of research results.We invite you to explore our website and examine our different clinical research projects. We would be happy to discuss our work with you, whether you are interested in participating in a study, supporting us, learning about our recent publications or knowledge translation activities, or just finding out more about communication supports for adults.
LEARN MORE ABOUT REKNEW PROJECTS
To learn more about our funders, who we work with, our technologies and our upcoming events, please click the blue links to below.
Who Funds Our Work
Who We Work With
REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:
- AAC at Penn State University
- InvoTek, Inc.
- Madonna Rehab Hospital Communication Center of Excellence
- Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
- Center for Spoken Language Understanding
- OHSU NW Clinic for Voice & Swallowing
REKNEW projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS) 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.
Brain-computer Interface Systems
Our research seeks to develop an efficient and effective brain computer interface (BCI) system that will serve as a communication access method for individuals with locked-in syndrome. We strive to improve the accuracy and speed of the technology, as well as user satisfaction, for a system that can be used for functional written and spoken expression.
Smart Predict App for AAC Conversation
Our research seeks to develop a unique and practical Smart Prediction AAC system that exploits the physical skills, language skills, and shared world knowledge of a nondisabled co-constructor to support the AAC user. By examining message generation from a co-construction perspective, we are reimagining the concept of AAC conversation and the turn-taking paradigms that are standard in this rehabilitation field, and may offer the field of AAC an innovative and unique way to improve communication effectiveness in complex communication dyads.
REKNEW Team Members Present at 2018 RERC State of the Science Conference
Above: RERC on AAC partners at State of the Science conference. From left to right: Erik Jakobs (InvoTek);David Beukelman (Madonna Hospital);Susan Fager (Madonna Hospital);Tom Jakobs (InvoTek);Janice Light (Penn State);Melanie Fried-Oken (OHSU);David McNaughton (Penn State).
REKNEW Team Members Teach Students At OHSU Saturday Academy
REKNEW team members Brandon Eddy and Betts Peters gave a presentation to Saturday Academy students attending a Medical Camp for grades 6-8. The session included brief overviews of speech-language pathology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and brain-computer interface (BCI). Students had the opportunity to try using AAC devices with head and eye tracking, and to observe a BCI typing session. We hope to have inspired some future clinicians or engineers to explore the field of assistive technology!
Above: REKNEW team members, Brandon Eddy and Betts Peters taught students through a Saturday Academy class about augmentative and alternative communication and brain-computer interface.