Music Therapy for Speech Rehabilitation

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) music therapists work with individuals on an outpatient basis through CenterLight Health System as well as through our private practice, the IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice. We help people recover their ability to speak and communicate with others. For example, individuals with speech difficulties can work with a music therapist to help them regain their ability to communicate by singing words and phrases, as opposed to simply speaking them. Rhythmic activities, like drumming to a beat, can also aid in speech production. The use of music encourages individuals to participate in their therapy session through enjoyable and creative music activities that accelerate the rehabilitation process. People who have not been able to talk for five years or more may be able to learn to sing, communicate and talk to others through successful music therapy.

 

Music therapists use musical vocalization to help retrain an individual to speak. Music can facilitate speech because it uses areas of the brain that are involved in communication. Rhythm can aid in vocal production by organizing the mechanisms involved in speech. The use of music encourages motivation through enjoyable and creative experiences that accelerate the rehabilitation process.

What to Expect

Breathing exercises

Articulation exercises

Melodic phrasing

Rhythmic vocalization

Conversational phrases that are embedded into melodic phrases to support speech

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improved communication skills—individuals can speak more clearly and fluently

Increased confidence in communication attempts

Enhanced verbal expression

For additional information on the programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, call 718-519-5840 or email imnf@centerlight.org.


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