One Aphasia Action is a set of small, actionable activities you can do from home that will help you retain speech progress.

Music is powerful: It can relax or energize us, trigger emotions, or transport us mentally to a different time or place. Music isn’t just great for your general well-being—music can help you produce speech. Luckily, any type of music will do, so grab your favorite songs and use music to get the words flowing.

Choose any song, but aim for one with a repetitive chorus. Start by humming the song—no words necessary, yet. Next, try singing along with the song as it plays at a normal volume. You’re going to repeat this four times, turning down the volume each time so the song gets quieter and quieter while your volume remains the same.

Once you have singing mastered, go for bonus points by speaking the song. If you can sing a song, you may be able to say a song.

You can find all of the One Aphasia Action activities on this list. This works best if you start on Day 1 and work at your own pace, even if you’re finding this project long after it has started. Try every activity, even if you only do it once. Keep doing the activities you like, repeating them the next day along with the new activity, and drop the ones that don’t work for you.