BEAT Launches Accredited Beatboxing Courses for Speech Therapists and Allied Professionals
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LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, October 12, 2021: BEAT (Bridging Education & Art Together) has launched accredited courses that teach Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) and allied professionals how to use beatboxing to help clients in speech therapy sessions. BEAT’s growing roster of courses include a self-study course, available for individuals to stream any time via the Teachable platform, as well as an interactive, virtual workshop for which groups may register.
Beatboxing, long celebrated and passed on by the Hip Hop community, is the art of using your voice to mimic the sounds of musical instruments. Since 2009, BEAT has offered a beatboxing music program for people with disabilities. After observing improved communication in program participants, BEAT began to champion Hip Hop as an integral tool in therapeutic settings. In April 2021, BEAT became an Approved Continuing Education Provider with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinicians may register for the courses to learn how to beatbox and how to apply beatboxing as a musical speech and language intervention. Eligible participants may earn credits towards license recertification.
Course participants are raving about the courses, including Melissa Brettelle, SLPA, who states, “This program was beneficial to me because first, it put me in my client’s shoes. Being asked to leave my comfort zone and create sounds I didn’t think I could produce changed my perception of client rapport building. I will use this with many clients just for that purpose alone. I see the benefits of teaching sound production without attachment to past failures in producing speech. Beatboxing can facilitate errorless learning.”
To register for these courses, please visit https://beat-asha-ceus.teachable.com/.