Date

May 10, 2024

Time

4:30 pm

5:30 pm

The SingWell Project: Exploring the Benefits of Group Singing for Individuals Living with Communication Challenges

Increasingly, people are discovering group singing as a meaningful social activity that has the power to generate community, improve mood, and decrease stress. But what about group singing in adults who suffer from communication challenges, like aphasia? A communication challenge (CC), which may include difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, or hearing, might be considered an anti-requisite to participation in group singing. The SingWell Project challenges this stigma by encouraging group singing for all, focusing on the potential of singing for the development and improvement of communication skills, in addition to benefits for psychosocial wellbeing. The SingWell Project (singwell.org) is a network comprised of researchers, practitioners, and non-governmental organizations. Our initial work has focused on five disorders affecting communication, including aphasia, lung disease, hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, and stuttering. While the mechanisms underpinning improvement vary across these disorders, our results suggest that group singing is consistently effective in improving communication function, as well as overall psychosocial wellbeing. Over the long term, the project aims to engage in knowledge mobilization through the dissemination of best practices and an accreditation training program, and to develop policy initiatives for the social prescription of singing.

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