Where can I find speech therapy in Winnipeg?
When searching for speech therapy providers in Winnipeg, you will find a several speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who offer services to the public and a small number of neurologic music therapists (NMTs) who have experience working in the speech-language therapeutic domain. When deciding whether you should work with a speech-language pathologist, a neurologic music therapist, both therapists separately, or to have joint sessions it is important to research and understand the benefits of both approaches.
If you looking for neurologic music therapists in Winnipeg, Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre has a team of NMTs who have a great deal of experience working in the speech-language therapeutic domain.
Why is NMT effective with speech and language goals?
How music is processed in the mind matters because it is processed in numerous places within the brain and requires both hemispheres of the brain to work together. When there is an injury to the area of the brain responsible for speech and language, music has the ability to activate more resources within the brain to allow for easier retraining and learning of speech within the brain.
For example, in aphasia rehabilitation, speech works by using an area in the left side of the brain while singing uses mostly the right hemisphere of the brain and can skip over the speech centres of the brain. This can help an individual with aphasia to produce speech. The extensive body of research that supports this has been compiled by Neurologic Music Therapists (NMTs), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and neuroscientists.
What sessions should I sign up for if I want to work on speech and language goals?
The type of session that will be most beneficial for you will depend on your speech and language goals as well as the neurologic injury or disease that you are affected by.
An older individual who has been affected by stroke or acquired brain injury which resulted in broca’s aphasia may benefit more from individual NMT sessions than sessions with a speech-language pathologist (SLP). As children often learn a great deal from each other, a child affected by autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities resulting in childhood apraxia of speech may do better in group NMT session when working on their speech therapy goals.
It is important to speak with your therapist to determine which approach, or combination of the two, would best enable you to reach your speech therapy goals.
Who should consider NMT for speech therapy?
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is based on neuroscience research and provides specific, individualized, and standardized interventions for those affected by neurologic injury or disease who are working on speech and language goals. This can include, but is in no way limited to:
- stroke/acquired brain injury
- developmental disorders,
- autism spectrum disorder
- parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- developmental disabilities
- and many more.
For this reason, NMTs are capable of treating the following speech and language disorders:
- broca’s aphasia
- apraxia of speech or developmental apraxia
- and more..
Speech Techniques Used by NMTs
– Melodic Intonation Therapy
– Musical Speech Stimulation
– Rhythmic Speech Cueing
– Vocal Intonation Therapy
– Therapeutic Singing
– Oral Motor and Respiratory Exercises
– Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music
– Symbolic Communication Training through Music