Research to study the benefits of singing for those with Aphasia.

Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School ran a research programme with Plymouth Music Zone that explored the benefits of singing for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes called Aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree.

People with aphasia can struggle to speak and often make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds or putting words together incorrectly. They can also experience difficulty reading and writing. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School recruited volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take part in a research trial called Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA) to determine whether group singing sessions can help reduce the impact the disorder has on people’s lives.

This research was funded by The Stroke Association and supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC).

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June 2021 University of Exeter, Stroke Association/Peninsula Mark Tarrant publishes BMJ paper on Singing for People with Aphasia Trial

Singing for people with aphasia (SPA): results of pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention investigating acceptability and feasibility. – click here