Based on the neuroscience model of music production and perception, Neurologic music therapy is a method commonly used for movement disorders commonly found in Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury and Parkinson's Disease. Common techniques used by neurologic music therapist include Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) for expressive aphasia and Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation for gait.

 

 

Melodic Intonation Therapy

Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) is a therapeutic process used by music therapists and speech therapists to help patients with communication disorders caused by damage to the left hemisphere of the brain. 

Good Candidates of MIT Training

  • Expressive Aphasia
  • Good comprehension of cues
  • Stereotype jargon utterances
  • Word retrieval difficulties

This method utilizes patient’s unimpaired ability to sing to facilitate speech production. Sung and chanted melodies that resembles natural speech intonation are included in the intervention. 

Singing can give entry into a broken system by engaging the right hemisphere
— Associate Professor Gottfried Schlaug, Harvard Medical School
 Melodic Intonation Therapy uses a systematic method to include functional phrases in singing.

Melodic Intonation Therapy uses a systematic method to include functional phrases in singing.

Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation - Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Parkinson Disease