Singing and Disability/Neurodiversity

20 Oct

I watched a short video today about people with Tourette’s, and both of the people interviewed said that they experience a brief but significant drop in the number of tics they experience during and shortly after singing and playing instruments. This reminded me of an American Idol (is it clear enough yet that I love reality TV?) audition I saw years ago where a man that had a severe stutter while talking, but was able to sing perfectly, stutter-free, and when I looked up why, it was really interesting and I’d like to know more about it. I also know that music therapy can help people with autism, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and dementia/Alzheimer’s. I plan to write about these topics and the cognitive benefits of singing, listening to music, etc. (endorphin release, music therapy, what happens to your brain during these activities). I’ve presented a somewhat broad range of topics here so I might end up narrowing it down to just one of the things I mentioned, but it will revolve around the benefit of music in living with/treating disability and/or neurodiversity.

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