Rejoicing in the right to be irrational

On Saturday 18th April, I attended a thought-provoking conference on Consent and Capacity- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (La Touche Training). As I drove home after the conference, I found myself reflecting on how fragile life is, and the importance of valuing the moment. In the midst of this process of deep and meaningful self-reflection (well not […]

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Connected Communication newsletter

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I’ve just clicked send on my first edition of ‘Connected Communication’, a free monthly newsletter about topics relating to speech, language, voice, music therapy and education. In this edition I’m covering articles relating to toys, stammering during times of excitement, and voice care. If you are interested, then sign up, and stay updated. Until 31st January 2014, […]

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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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Rhythm and singing in speech recovery post stroke

Interesting research published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience highlighting how treatment using rhythm or singing both resulted in improvements in the ability to produce learned phrases in people with language difficulties post stroke (aphasia). In contrast, traditional speech and language therapy can improve the ability to produce novel phrases. The research highlights the […]

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Making music reduces stress for cardiac patients

A recent medical study has shown that creating music reduces stress levels in people with coronary heart disease. It also found that active music making was more effective effective than than reading a book for the same length of time. To read more about this research go to Neuro-music news website, 7th March edition. Med […]

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Chime choir puts stroke patients in tune with therapy

Interesting article which describes a  music group for stroke patients in which group members played chimes and the benefits of the group. See: http://triblocal.com/naperville/2012/04/19/chime-choir-puts-stroke-patients-in-tune-with-therapy/

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Carer’s week, June 14th-20th 2010, Cork based events

Cork based activities have been organised by the following organisations: Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cork Branch Cork Family Carer’s Forum Carer’s Association West Cork Carer’s Association Ltd. For further information go to: http://www.carersweek.ie/events.htm

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Brain Awareness week, 8th-14th March

For more information about events in your area, go to: http://www.nai.ie/

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Music after a stroke

Stroke Support Limerick are hosting an evening on music after a stroke. Dr Simon Gilbertson, Music Therapist & Lecturer, University of Limerick, will be giving a short talk on the topic. In addition, it will be an opportunity for members of the group which includes people who have had a stroke and their families/care givers, […]

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