Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

David Frumberg, MD, FAAOS


Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children and is caused by abnormal development of or damage to the brain. Children with cerebral palsy often have speech disorders, most commonly dysarthria, due to deficits in speech-motor control. The inability to communicate effectively can lead to needs not being met, self-isolation, and an overall decrease in self-perception and quality of life. In this randomized control trial, we will evaluate whether Neurologic Music Therapy improves word-level speech intelligibility in children with Cerebral Palsy. Fifty children will be exposed to Neurologic Music Therapy and fifty children will receive standard speech therapy. This method of speech therapy could provide a motivating and effective way of enhancing communication in children with speech disorders.

Open Access

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