VAST Songs: Autism & Apraxia 4+

Video Assisted Speech Therapy


Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 3 Ratings
    • $4.99



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently funding research into the effectiveness of using VAST with VR goggles and mobile technology.

"Simply effective!"

VAST-Songs delivers an innovative set of features that integrate video modeling with music to support speech therapy - provides a set of 21 song performances targeting music therapy for both children and adults.

Singing has been used as an accepted treatment technique in speech therapy for many years. It’s also well known that music stimulates several different areas of the brain. Multiple research studies have shown that stimulating different areas of the brain results in improved speech production. Singing in unison with a visual model has also been demonstrated to have a positive effect on speech production when using familiar songs.

VAST-Songs supplements the accepted use of singing in speech therapy by providing extra cueing: simultaneously hearing the song while following the oral movements. The application was designed to accommodate and then challenge individuals with speech production or fluency problems.

-Provides maximum auditory cuing through 4 layered audio tracks:
- Vocal melody, piano melody, rhythmic piano accompaniment, and a metronome.
-Audio support can be gradually decreased, promoting user independence
-Adjustable tempo of the songs – start at a pace that suits the user’s capabilities and increase over time
- Captions can be turned on to support literacy or off if distracting.
-User-adjusted settings are saved for each song
-A Mirror function (for devices with front-facing camera) to self-monitor and self-model.
-Written and video-based tutorials

This app represents a collaborative effort between the music and speech therapy professions:
-Vocals were performed by Neurologic Music Therapist, Jenni Rook, MT-BC, LPC – Clinical Director for Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts.
-Speech-Language Pathologist, Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP is an Apraxia expert with 30+yrs of professional experience and 3+yrs of experience using and developing the VAST program in a clinical environment.
- Speech-Pathologist and Autism Specialist Lois Jean Brady who is conducting research for the NIH using VAST techniques to improve motor speech for autism and apraxia.

If you’re willing to offer any feedback or have any other input surrounding VAST-Songs, please contact us at

What’s New

Version 3.0.1

VAST is back!
New features include a video/mirror feature to promote self-monitoring and self-modeling.
Use VAST with virtual reality goggles. This reduces the unwanted visual and auditory distractions and boosts the crucial motor planning information needed to produce speech.
Special "Welcome Back" price of $4.99 through June 2020

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

crismanila ,

Please update

Love this app and use it regularly with my apraxia patients; however, recently it stopped working in my latest iOS software update. Please update this incredible app so we can start using it again.

CherylLO ,

Great app, but....

Please have male singer do songs again as T, D, N are made with tongue too far forward. K and G are not quite right either, for same reason. Otherwise, awesome app!!!!!

Developer Response ,

Great news, VAST apps have been updated!

Kate89764346 ,

Music therapy intern

Not only a great app for clients, but very helpful in making sure I pronounce and model sounds correctly! The four tracks are incredibly useful, as is the tempo change. Great intro and explanation of the app, including some NMT background that is understandable by laymen. Nice job!

Developer Response ,

Great news, VAST apps have been updated!

App Privacy

The developer, iTherapy, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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