Sometimes, reading the news can be wonderful.
In my graduate program, there are a lot of knitters. I’m not sure what underlies the speech pathology/knitting correlation, but the effects of knitting could be very useful for speech pathology students.
Apparently, knitting — a legitimate meditation replacement — has the following benefits:
1. Stress reduction
2. Prevent mild cognitive impairment
3. Depression alleviation
4. Inflammation reduction
5. Parasympathetic nervous system activation
6. Dopamine release
7. Improved self-efficacy
8. Protection against dementia
All of these benefits of course help graduate students. Less stress? Less neurodegeneration? Yes, please.
I also see some benefit for older speech clients. Perhaps our field should grow to encompass knitting therapy as a neuroprotective strategy.
Need some inspiration?
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