Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) techniques were used to support voice production and improve vocal strength using specific, targeted musical exercises and warmups. Sessions incorporated visual and communication aids to ensure every participant could access the activities. Sessions were run by Neurologic Music Therapists Emily White and Natasha Larkin and supported by the Trust's Speech and Language Therapy Technical Officer.
Language Therapy Technical Officer for the Trust. Participants were identified and referred to sessions by Alison. The pilot consisted of 4 groups; each group had 10 participants and ran for 10-week blocks. Sessions took place weekly on Zoom for one hour and aimed to provide participants with the opportunity to use their voices and express themselves through singing and music whilst accessing a social event.
The pilot established a model of digital provision that can be adapted to a blended approach of face-to-face and digital attendance. This approach would suit both regional provision and being rolled out nationally with the support of the Stroke Association and other stroke organisations.