Two weeks ago I attended an amazing workshop on Music and Speech and Language Therapy and here are some key points I wanted to share with those who are interested in this topic!
- You don't have to be 'musical' to use music to elicit language
- Eliciting language using music can be a window to access more language
- The aim is not to hit a perfect note but to create platform for joined attention, participation, turn-taking and simultaneously work on attention processing, memory or executive functioning
- Music therapy engages cognition, sensorimotor function, speech and communication
- Music provides structure, platform for repetition, it assists recall, provides association with feelings, can be highly motivational and engaging, is predictable and creates anticipation
- Music therapy has been explored and used in swallow rehabilitation in children with brain injuries