SMARTBoards boosting rehabilitation

Dec. 30, 2011

SMARTBoards are not new technology. But the way they’re being integrated into rehabilitation techniques is opening up a new world of recovery possibilities for patients at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Hospital.

Patients like Robert, who suffered a massive stroke New Year’s Day 2011. Among other serious health challenges he lost his ability to read. In the cognitive communication therapy group, speech language pathologist Penny-Welch West coached Robert using a SMARTBoard until he began reading single words. He can now read entire paragraphs.

“SMARTBoards level the playing field for patients – it extends their potential far beyond the clinical elements,” says Welch-West. She adds there are hundreds of active projects that can be incorporated into SMARTBoards which help with deductive reasoning, cognitive communication activities, visual tracking, reading, writing and math.

One goal of this year’s St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation’s Season of Celebration is raising funds to purchase more SMARTBoards to help with therapy for patients at Parkwood Hospital in the rehabilitation and complex continuing care programs. For more information visit

Therapist Penny Welch-West, and Robert and his wife Terry, will be demonstrating the therapeutic value of SMARTBoards:

When: Dec. 30, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Where: Parkwood Hospital
801 Commissioners Road East, London (get directions)


For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Parraga
St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
Phone: 519 646-6000, ext. 64590
Mobile: 519 851-5198

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