Why use SingFit STUDIO Pro?
SingFit STUDIO Pro turns music into medicine. SingFit STUDIO Pro can be incorporated into therapy sessions to engage clients in a process that exercises their cognitive and communication skills, while simultaneously providing them with a sense of empowerment and joy.
SingFit STUDIO Pro increases client engagement such that it enables therapists to work longer with the client, and it translates into increased engagement in the therapeutic intervention being implemented to achieve the patient’s goals. As a collaborative music practice, SingFit STUDIO Pro elevates mood, but also helps create trust and rapport in the therapeutic relationship that leads to an increased number of sessions the client participates in.
What is SingFit STUDIO Pro?
SingFit STUDIO Pro is a 1:1 therapeutic singing intervention that enables therapists, even those with no previous musical experience, to use music as an effective therapeutic tool.
SingFit STUDIO Pro can be incorporated into 1:1 in-person therapy sessions and virtual visits.
Which of my clients can I use SingFit STUDIO Pro with?
SLPs and OTs report using SingFit STUDIO Pro effectively with clients 55+ who have cognitive decline and dementia (mild to advanced), aphasia as well as other speech and language disorders/challenges.
How do I implement SingFit STUDIO Pro goals into my practice?
SingFit STUDIO Pro supports your pre-existing patient goals / plan of care. SingFit STUDIO Pro can be used to increase overall engagement and compliance as well as to directly support therapeutic outcomes.
How does SingFit STUDIO Pro work?
The SingFit STUDIO Pro intervention includes a music app and a therapeutic protocol, which enable a facilitator to create customized singing experiences for their clients. The SingFit STUDIO App contains a proprietary lyric-coach prompter, which is an auditory word cueing system that speaks the lyrics before they need to be sung.
The lyric-coach prompter:
-Enables those with dementia or poor vision to actively engage in music making without having to read or remember the lyrics.
-Digitizes the process of word cuing that is often used by music therapists and speech and language pathologists during therapy. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords credits this musical process to helping restore her speech after her traumatic brain injury
In what setting is SingFit STUDIO Pro used?
SLPs and OTs have used SingFit STUDIO Pro in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and memory care facilities, outpatient clinics, as well as in homes.
When is SingFit STUDIO Pro used?
SingFit STUDIO Pro is a dynamic intervention that can be used at any point throughout your typical therapy sessions depending on your goals.
Are my sessions reimbursed if I use SingFit STUDIO Pro?
Yes, therapy sessions including the use of SingFit STUDIO Pro to improve clients engagement and facilitate progress towards therapeutic goals have successfully received reimbursement.
How much training is required?
Therapists will take a 1-hour online training course to learn the basics for how to facilitate the SingFit STUDIO Pro Intervention. Optional supplemental courses will follow.
What evidence exists of the positive benefits of singing?
Research has found that singing is a cross-hemispheric brain exercise that stimulates articulation, memory, attention and supports motor movements. Singing even engages a larger bi-hemispheric network in the brain than speaking and supports an increase of word production, which strengthens neural networks and can help prevent decline. Furthermore, singing has been shown to positively influence the neurochemicals and hormones that regulate mood, stress, agitation, heart rate variability, and blood pressure (i.e., including serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and cortisol). Singing has also been shown to increase Immunoglobin A levels (by up to 240%) for immunity.
There are over 23 evidence-based studies (11 meta) that support the use of singing for 1) improving cognition, memory, and mood as well as for decreasing anxiety levels in persons with dementia 2) reducing blood pressure by 10-15% for hypertension management 3) supporting better respiratory control and primary muscular strength for recovery from influenzas 4) decreasing the use of psychotropic medications to manage anxiety and BPSD in persons with dementia 5) Increase functional capacity, physiological resilience. For more information, visit https://www.singfit.com/science or https://www.singfit.com/research
What data supports SingFit STUDIO Pro’s positive impact on therapy clients?
Results of Recent Pilot SingFit STUDIO PRO Study with 8 SLPs and OTs:
Average Pre to Post Mood Increase - 24.77%
Average Pre to Peak Mood Increase - 29.05%
Average Engagement Level (Out of 5) - 4.04
Average Therapy Session Length - 40.46 minutes
Average length of SingFit STUDIO Pro usage in Therapy Session - 17.24 minutes
Average Percentage of Therapy Session Spent Using SingFit - 43%
What are therapists saying about SingFit STUDIO Pro?
- "For Med B patients, before SingFit STUDIO Pro, I hardly ever went over 4 weeks of sessions (about 8 to 12 sessions) with a client, now with SingFit STUDIO Pro, I am seeing patients for 10 - 20 sessions." —SLP about her clients with Moderate and Moderately Severe Dementia
- “(During COVID) clients come to the session with a lower mood because right now life is heavy….with SingFit STUDIO Pro they leave joyful. And of course I feel better.” —SLP about her clients with Mild Cognitive Impairment
- "Pre-therapy sessions, one of my clients just sat around a lot and even when invited into activities she had little engagement in one to one and group activities...when we started with SingFit STUDIO Pro, she was really engaged from the beginning...and by discharge, her engagement in one to one and group activities outside of SingFit STUDIO Pro increased significantly...and she was coming up with more novel thoughts and episodic memories.” -SLP about her client with Moderate Dementia
- “Julia gives me the best stories whenever we use SingFit. Songs reminded her of earlier times. Julia’s mood really did change after the session...I asked how the music helped and she said, ’I just felt so able.’ After another session, Julia even reported, ‘I feel so good. Did we really do therapy?’” —SLP about her client with Mild Cognitive Impairment
- “I feel like that rapport has been built in the beginning of the session in doing something that they enjoy. It’s a smooth transition into whatever activity I have planned. So I feel like the engagement is there.” - SLP on introducing SingFit to her clients
- “By session 2 her volume increased 20 decibels, both while singing and conversing after the song. No other activity has ever made her have this (spontaneous) response.” - SLP on Parkinson’s Client with Moderate Dementia
- “Client L.N. can speak in full sentences but most of it is unintelligible. But after one of the SF songs, she was speaking in full sentences and was intelligible.” - SLP on Client with Severe Dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)