02. March 2012 · Comments Off on Singing After A Stroke · Categories: Read Online

I have heard this news before, but it’s still fascinating to read about, and this time you can hear a patient attempt to say happy birthday and then sing it.

During the therapy sessions, patients are taught to put their words to simple melodies.
Professor Schlaug said that after a single session, a stroke patients who was are not able to form any intelligible words learned to say the phrase “I am thirsty” by combining each syllable with the note of a melody.
The patients are also encouraged to tap out each syllable with their hands. Professor Schlaug said that this seemed to act as an “internal pace-maker” which made the therapy even more effective.
“Music might be an alternative medium to engage parts of the brain that are otherwise not engaged,” he said.


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