Speech Therapy For Stroke Victims

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I came across this amazing article about a former Jazz singer and music and drama teacher Ann Arscoot, who can still sing but has difficulty in speaking after suffering a stroke. -Mail Online-13 July

Ann suffered a stroke 11 years ago, and suffered brain damage that impaired her speech, but not her ability to sing.

You can learn more abut Ms Arscoot story by clicking on the link below


I am a stroke victim myself, having suffered a mild stroke in 2013, luckily the stroke evolved minutes after arriving in the emergency room at the local hospital. The signs were recognized by a good Doctor friend during a cell phone conversation, asking his opinion on what I was feeling before venturing on a 20-minute boat trip.

I have seen the mystery of Aphasia, having watched a dear friend for a couple of years and had no understanding what’s soever on why we could not communicate with each other.

Friends and family do suffer agonizing frustration during those times, but the article offers hope, you might not have been a known singer, but the knowledge might lead to converting discoveries

Mrs Arscoot was diagnosed with Aphasia,

“A condition characterised by either partial or total loss of the ability to communicate verbally or using written words. A person with aphasia may have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, recognizing the names of objects, or understanding what other people have said. Aphasia s caused by brain injury, as may occur in a traumatic accident or when the brain is deprived of oxygen during a stroke. It may also be caused by a brain tumor, a disease such as Alzheimer’s or an infection like encephalitis..

Aphasia may be temporary or permanent. Aphasia doesn’t include speech impediments caused by loss of muscle control”

Here is  what the NHS says about Aphasia

Aphasia is when a person have difficulty with their language or speech. It’s usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain, for example after a stroke.

People with aphasia often have trouble with the four main ways people understand and use language- reading, listening, speaking, typing or writing.

Speaking problems are perhaps the most obvious, and people with Aphasia may make mistakes with the words they use.

This could be sometimes using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word, or putting words together correctly.

Although Aphasia affects a persons’ ability to communicate, it doesn’t affect their intelligence.

Speech and language therapy is the main type of treatment.

Aphasia can occur by itself or alongside other disorders, such as visual difficulties, mobility problems, limb weakness, and problems with memory or thinking skills.

Aphasia can affect people of all ages, but it’s most common in people over 65. This is because strokes and progressive neurological conditions tend to affect older adults.

Speech and language therapy is the main type of treatment for people with aphasia, aiming to restore some ability to communicate.

If the aphasia is caused by a one-off event, like a stroke, most patients recover to some degree with therapy

Another example is Tim Adams from Australia told in a story by reporter Joel Carnegie in 2015.

Tim was a 49-year old Lawyer at the time ho suffered a stroke while training for a marathon. Tim was a member of the stroke A Chord choir

Some people who can’t speak can sing because the two acts are controlled by different parts of the brain,

According to speech pathologist Bronwyn Jones, music is processed in the right side of the brained singing is left untouched in left hemisphere brain. Singing has given confidence and is a great boost to speech therapy.

The strike a chord choir includes stroke victims of different levels of speech ability.

Singing Therapy

In 1970 Boston researchers started to use Singing Therapy to help stroke victims restore speech.

Notable examples are Gabrielle Gifford who improved her speech through some form of singing Therapy, and vibrant speaker and expert on gender and race relations who started speaking again after a stroke.

Music has become an important tool in medicine to help treat conditions other than aphasia, such as stress, dementia, autism among them.

There are several researches published on singing Therapy; just search the internet for Singing therapy; if you wish to be specific, add -for stroke victims.

Music has always been important in my life, while studying, working on the ceramic wheel, under stress, and exercising. Strange as it may seem, the Blues was my choice for stress, took me deep until I was able to jump high.

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