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Thread #127516 Message #2846517
Posted By: GUEST
22-Feb-10 - 07:42 AM
Thread Name: Singing 'Rewires' Damaged Brain
Subject: RE: Singing 'rewires' damaged brain
most urgent intervention of a speech therapist
When Patricia Neal had a brain haemorrhage, Roald Dahl was told the best therapy was just to get people to talk to her - constantly. After paying huge sums to professional nurses to do this in California, he upped-sticks and took his near zero bank account to a quiet village in the UK. He got family & in-laws who marshalled the village (mostly housewives) to just spend an 2 hours per person with her and they just talked. And probably had some really odd conversations! She had scrambled word association to start with. He had to work to pay to live.
She even got back to acting in the end.
It is the talking that does it. I am sure he had professional advice along with it, but think how a baby learns - by immitation.
We had a docu-drama on British TV showing the story, but I have heard him (& her) talk about it.