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The Utilization of Music With Patients with Aphasia: Part Two

The Utilization of Music With Patients with Aphasia: Part Two By Mark R. Baldridge, Nuance Crusaders #nuance4health, Sunday, March 29, 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/in/markbaldridge28/
To understand how music influences the health of patients with Aphasia, Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) could be utilized as a tool. MIT is beneficial because of its inherent sustained vocalization and tapping with the left hand (Gottfried et. al. 2008). In such cases my composition Brazilian Fantasy (lyrics by Andrea Litzenberger) could be utilized for both tapping and vocalization treatment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFfpxf5BIus. There are four types of techniques utilized in MIT: Reduction in Speed (words articulated at a slower rate than in speaking); Syllable lengthening, (provides the opportunity to distinguish the individual phonemes that together form words and phrases); Syllable “Chunking” (deals with intonation, change in pitch,and may help group syllables into words); and Hand tapping (pati…

The Utilization of Music With Patients with Aphasia: Part One

The Utilization of Music With Patients with Aphasia: Part One By Nuance Crusaders by Mark R. Baldridge, #nuance4health, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/in/markbaldridge28/
“Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often following a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as the result of a brain tumor or a progressive neurological disease. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing.” (NIH, 2015; Gottfried et. al. 2008). The problem: As the neural processes that underline the post-stroke language recovery remain unknown, it has not been possible to effectively target them using specific therapies” (Gottfried et. al. 2008). To improve treatment, research has to continue utilizing functional imaging, mostly positron emission tomography (PET). PET is an imaging test (or scan) that helps reveal how tissues and o…