Singing Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Regain Language

Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, are studying the profound effect music has on people who have had a stroke using Melodic Intonation Therapy, which plays singing tones with the patient and having them repeat words and phrases to the sound of the tones.  The sessions teach patients several hundred words or phrases, and have helped numerous people, who were previously nonverbal, communicate their daily needs.  “Music, and music-making, is really a very special form of a tool or an intervention that can be used to treat neurological disorders,” said Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, associate professor of neurology at Beth Israel and Harvard University.  “There’s rarely any other activity that could really activate or engage this many regions of the brain that is experienced as being a joyous activity.”
CNN, February 22, 2010

Written By: Elizabeth Landau

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