I mentioned early in the term that I'll be doing a group project, and one of my followers said they'd love to hear more about it.
My group -- which is three people, including myself -- will be doing a presentation on neurology stuff. This means we'll be talking about strokes, head trauma, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases (the text book groups those two together), and multiple sclerosis. Fun stuff. Well, fun to learn about, anyways. I don't think that having any of those conditions would be any fun at all.
In addition to our presentation we'll be doing a mock music therapy session. This means we get to decide what kind of patient we want to work with, what the individual's difficulties are, get a volunteer from the class to play the part, and then do the mock music therapy session in front of the entire class.
The most fun part of this, I think, is making up the patient. I'm writing a brief paper about the patient but of course, the other group members get to have input. The result is a quite interesting individual that I'm writing about.
This individual is a rock star, is into heavy metal, and had a stroke onstage in front of his fans. He also does drugs and is depressed. After the stroke, he:
~ Has trouble walking
~ Has trouble moving the right side of his body
~ Has a visual impairment (Oh no! I forgot to put that in the paper! I need to fix that and re-send it to the others in my group for them to look at...)
~ Dysarthria -- meaning he has trouble speaking, and the cause is that he has trouble physically moving his mouth/tongue/etc. as he needs to
~ Depression and anger
So, this is quite an interesting individual to write about. Also quite interesting is that I found myself using words in the paper that my spell checker doesn't like: dysarthria and hemiplegia.
Oh yes, and guess what? We'll be using heavy metal in our mock therapy session. I've had nothing to do with that kind of music, so when my classmate said he wanted to use it I said "Ok, fine. But that means you pick out the music we use."