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Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Incorporating the Arts into Aphasia Treatment

From the left is Bree Gordon (pictured with guitar) and in the center, is Fred DiCarlo, with the members of NSU's aphasia groups-with graduate student clinicians, faculty, and guest music therapist, gathered for a music event, which culminated the summer 2017 semester.

From the left is Bree Gordon (pictured with guitar) and in the center, is Fred DiCarlo, with the members of NSU’s aphasia groups-with graduate student clinicians, faculty, and guest music therapist, gathered for a music event, which ended the summer 2017 semester.

Fred DiCarlo, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), was recently recognized in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) national publication, the ASHA Leader, in an article titled “So You Think Your Clients Can’t Dance?”, incorporating performances into treatment for aphasia helps participants relearn speech through the arts.

DiCarlo worked with clinic faculty and graduate student clinicians in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Program, organized a “Dancing with the Aphasia Group Stars” event. The dancing event involved SLP clinic clients who have experienced a neurological event (generally this involves a stroke) and their spouses or significant others working with graduate student clinicians to increase communication and improvement of speech and language skills through an activity based dance experience.  This semester, clinic clients are working with graduate student clinicians and clinic faculty to design and paint a mural that will be unveiled at an art exhibit gallery opening to be held at the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic on December 6, 2017.

The complete article from the ASHA Leader is available at http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2656659.