Speech and Language
Some people with Parkinson's disease have trouble speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Since music activates shared and extended cortical networks and enhances neuronal functioning, music therapy is highly effective in treating speech and language deficits. Some common techniques employed by music therapists include
Support of the therapeutic mechanisms behind each of these techniques can be found in research published for decades in music therapy, neurology, and rehabilitation journals. To learn more about the therapeutic mechanisms behind these and other music therapy techniques, please join us at the NC Triangle Moving Day® (http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9) or contact us through our website.
National Parkinson Foundation: Believe in Better. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2015.
Thaut, M. & Hoemberg, V. (2014). Handbook of neurologic music therapy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Each October, the National Parkinson Foundation hosts Moving Day® across the country to raise money for research, treatment, and other resources for people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Representatives of Atlantic Music Therapy, LLC can be found under a tent at the NC Triangle Moving Day® on October 31st (for more details, click here: http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9). In honor of the event, we are sharing a three-part series about music therapy with Parkinson's Disease (PD).
Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
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