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SongShine helps those with neurological disorders develop skills

This pilot group has been in class for about four weeks. This pilot group has been in class for about four weeks.

In Evansville, about 20 students who have lost the ability to speak or communicate clearly are using song to develop those skills again. 

This group is part of SongShine. Many have Parkinsons or other neurological disorders.
Through the local SongShine Foundation, they are learning to speak again. The class involves a textbook, CD, and props such as a cork and straw.

This pilot group has been in class for about four weeks.

Director Maury Hart says the results have been amazing. He says the volume of the singing in the room has doubled. 

"They found out nowadays that singing is on the right side of your brain and it makes new connections with speech on the left. Just by singing we create the connections. It's just 300 year old vocal technique mixed with speech therapy,"Hart said.

The next session starts January 15th.

Classes are free and held every Tuesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Evansville.

You can register before the first class day or pre-register online.

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