"Cetnar said that the goals of music therapy vary wildly from patient to patient, but the primary goal for language is always functional speech. “Is Tracey going to be able to have a conversation like you and I? No. But we want him to get better at communicating his functional needs,” said Cetnar.

Since the stroke, Raisis’s journey to recovery hasn’t been linear, said Bell. There were some months when he could walk with a cane. Then there were setbacks — he was recently hospitalized for a urinary tract infection and is back in a wheelchair again. Now he’s better, and working with Cetnar again."

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