First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Stephanie PixleyFollow

Mentor/s

Prof. Charles Gillespie and Prof. Brian Stiltner

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Communication disorders such as stuttering can take a serious toll on one’s mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Given that we live in such a fast-paced society, the visible impact of communication disorders has become increasingly prevalent. Music therapy can be a way to help. Music therapy techniques have been utilized for the treatment of other communication disorders (such as apraxia, aphasia, and language learning disorders) but have been underutilized for the treatment of fluency disorders. My project argues that a multi-disciplinary approach that combines speech therapy and music therapy will further advance the treatment of stuttering. The effects of music therapy can focus on improving both the voice and the confidence of the participant while at the same time increasing the retainability of the lessons taught and the overall success of the treatment. This paper examines a variety of speech language pathology techniques that could be co-delivered with music therapy to better speech production for those with fluency disorders. This project shows that combining both speech language pathology and music therapy techniques deserves more devoted research, as there are many ways in which this combination will benefit patients who stutter.

Keywords: speech language pathology, music therapy, fluency disorders, stuttering

College and Major available

Health Science

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN-300-E, Prof. Brian Stiltner and Prof. Charles Gillespie

Location

Session F: West Campus West Building W223I

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 12:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

Students' Information

Stephanie Pixley, Health Science Major with minors in Speech Language Pathology, Music Performance, and Honors. Honors Student. Class of 2022.

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Apr 29th, 12:00 PM Apr 29th, 1:00 PM

Speech-Language Pathology and Music Therapy: An Underrated Combination for Many with Stuttering Disorders

Session F: West Campus West Building W223I

Communication disorders such as stuttering can take a serious toll on one’s mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Given that we live in such a fast-paced society, the visible impact of communication disorders has become increasingly prevalent. Music therapy can be a way to help. Music therapy techniques have been utilized for the treatment of other communication disorders (such as apraxia, aphasia, and language learning disorders) but have been underutilized for the treatment of fluency disorders. My project argues that a multi-disciplinary approach that combines speech therapy and music therapy will further advance the treatment of stuttering. The effects of music therapy can focus on improving both the voice and the confidence of the participant while at the same time increasing the retainability of the lessons taught and the overall success of the treatment. This paper examines a variety of speech language pathology techniques that could be co-delivered with music therapy to better speech production for those with fluency disorders. This project shows that combining both speech language pathology and music therapy techniques deserves more devoted research, as there are many ways in which this combination will benefit patients who stutter.

Keywords: speech language pathology, music therapy, fluency disorders, stuttering

 

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