Music therapy in the hospice setting assists those who are terminally ill with many diagnosis-related issues. Music therapy can help decrease pain, reduce anxiety, improve mood, decrease fear, reduce anticipatory grief and terminal restlessness, increase relaxation, and providing support for the patient and family at end of life.
Music therapy within the memory care setting helps those with a dementia or Alzheimer's disease diagnosis connect to the world around them. When provided by a music therapist, music can assist with reminiscence, improving social interaction and decreasing isolation, improving motor skills, improving communication, improving orientation, decreasing agitation/anxiety, and improving quality of life & wellness.
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Neurologic music therapy techniques are used for rehabilitation goals to assist in gait rehabilitation, gross and fine motor control rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, regaining speech after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, reducing pain perception during rehabilitation, increasing motivation during rehabilitation.
Music therapy in the hospital setting addresses the needs of the healing patient, which often includes reducing pain, stress, and anxiety; reducing blood pressure, heart rates, and respiration rates; and elevating mood.
Children with disabilities often learn in much different ways, and at different rates. Music therapy can help those children learn appropriate social interaction, how to express themselves, learn concepts and academic principals, improve communication development, and improve motor skills and coordination. Music is often highly motivating for children with disabilities, and research shows that structured music therapy sessions are effective in addressing their developmental needs.
Music therapy is recognized as a related service under IDEA, and children may be eligible for music therapy services under IDEA Part B. Contact Kirsten or your Special Education Teacher for more information.