1 Minute Aphasia Tips: Music and Speech
This is another tip in our series of one-minute videos aimed at delivering quick ideas you can use to make your life a little easier if you have aphasia. Things are a little different for Aphasia Awareness Month. All of our videos this month are one-minute actions you can take to practice speech from home. In fact, this was one of our One Aphasia Action tips from this past spring.
In this tip, we encourage you to use music to get your words flowing.
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Music and Speech
Music is powerful: It can relax or energize us, trigger emotions, or transport us mentally to a different time or place.
Music isn’t just great for your general well-being—music can help you produce speech.
Luckily, any type of music will do, so grab your favorite song and use music to get the words flowing.
Choose any song, but aim for one with a repetitive chorus. Start by humming the song—no words necessary, yet. Next, try singing along with the song as it plays at a normal volume.
You’re going to repeat this four times, turning down the volume each time so the song gets quieter and quieter while your volume remains the same.
Once you’ve mastered singing, go for bonus points by speaking the song. If you can sing a song, you may be able to say a song.
This is just one thing you can do to practice speech from the comfort of your own home.
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