Allegria Orchestra, Opera Cork & Male Voice Choir, Christmas Concert, Skibbereen

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How songs support us in love and loss, Fred Stobaugh’s song

Songs accompany us on our life’s journey. This article in Soundscape Music Therapy includes a video of a 96 year old man’s song which he wrote to his recently deceased wife. Watch and listen here, but have tissues at the ready!

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Is music therapy just about singing songs?

The first of a series of articles by Soundscapes music therapy dispels this myth. While superficially, it may appear that a music therapist is leading a sing song, the therapist goes into the session with clear goals and objectives to meet the needs of the individual and/or group. Read more

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Allegria Orchestra, Clonakilty

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Smart Happy Children Project

West Cork based Smart Happy Project is a great source of inspiration and ideas for parents and educators who want to help their child to be more creative, more content in themselves and more connected to nature. As described by her mission statement, Lisa Lillywhite says “The Smart Happy Project is everything you want them […]

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Speech and language development in twins

I’ve had some recent queries about speech and language development in twins. I wanted to find some general information on the subject so did a quick internet search and came across these informative articles which included practical tips on encouraging speech and language development in twins: http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/speech-language-development-in-twins/ http://www.twinsuk.co.uk/twinstips/14/95/twins-language–development/language-development-in-twins-triplets–higher-order-multiples/

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Covering the costs of private Speech & Language Therapy

None of us has money to throw around these days, but when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our family, we try our best to get them the best help that they need. When someone contacts me about  speech and language therapy, I provide information about what I charge but also ways in […]

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The importance of listening to patients

A core principle of the work of speech and language therapists and music therapists is listening to the client. It is fundamental to building the initial relationship, and is key to making any progress. In my own work, I have often had parents  or adult clients tell me that I’m the first person who has […]

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Better speech and voice for people with Parkinson’s

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) is the gold standard when working on improving the voice quality and speech of people with Parkinson’s Disease. Below are some YouTube clips about the approach. LSVT Global Channel LSVT LOUD A lady Pre and post LSVT LOUD Additional information is available on my website.

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Supporting Conversations for people with aphasia

Aphasia is an acquired communication disability which can occur following stroke or other brain injury. Each person’s experience of aphasia is unique to them.  While traditionally, the communication problem rested with the individual, current best practice in this area adopts a social model, in which the person is viewed within the context of their environment. […]

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