A speech disorder called aphasia is one in which people have difficulty forming words. It was one of the major topics of study for early neurologists because of one fact: the same participants that could not form words when prompted could sing songs. This proved to be a very perplexing element which concluded in the discovery that the production of speech has a different neuological locus than that that produces song.
The good news about this discovery is that song can be used to help aphasiac patients regain their use of speech. Many studies have been conducted on this speech therapy technique. In the article I read recently, it stated that good candidates for this type of therapy include patients who understand speech clearly, have trouble producing speech and have good motivation and attentiveness. It even boasted of the communicative benefit of singing songs for the patients.
Posted by: Kamilah Dixon