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Replies: 2 - Pages: [1] - Last reply: 2021-04-07 16:41:57 - By: Maura Silverman
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Tirtza Perlow

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

I’m a student, and I want to ask the SLP’s out there about melodic intonation therapy.
How do you feel about its efficacy? Are there any patients for whom it’s better?
How easy is it to learn? to use?
Any other comments about it?

Thank you! I have to do a report about it…

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Maura Silverman

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

Tirtza, Thanks for getting in touch and I have to send kudos out to you as a very creative way to get SLP feedback on a technique. Unfortunately, this forum is usually answered by the Panel member assigned for the month, so let me give you some other options to expand your survey… you can sign on to the listserv for the ASHA Special Interest group on Neurological Disorders/Adult Language issues, there are also local listservs through your State Speech Language Hearing Association…if you don’t already belong, you can get a student membership and access so many professionals in your state.
MIT, or Melodic Intonation Therapy, is one of the only structured treatment programs that have a breadth of research on efficacy spanning back decades. The resources are great, as they provide critical assessments of the program as it is meant to be administered. What any practicing SLP will tell you, though, is that most individuals can benefit from the program, or parts of it, even without meeting the criterion for candidacy. The use of melody and rhythm have long been known to improve communication between the hemispheres and help establish new pathways for communication. There is actually a newer pool of research that talks about MIT and Music Therapy…again, these professionals may modify the program or use it in collaboration with other strategies that they teach the individual with aphasia in order to maximize the chances for generalization and carryover to real life.
Enjoy learning about this program. Maura

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