For those suffering from dementia disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, the benefits of music therapy can be vast.
Music therapy can help to:
In addition to the benefits for the client, music therapy can also provide a bridge for interaction between an affected person and his family. When working with a person and his family, music therapy can provide:
Music therapy is effective with older persons who have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive, or social functioning.
Music Therapists offers older adult services in:
Music Therapy with the older adult can provide help with:
Music therapy is an effective therapeutic and educational tool for children and adults with developmental disabilities that can significantly improve the skill levels of those with mental retardation, autism-spectrum disorders, Rett Syndrome, learning disabilities, attachment disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and others.
When working with developmental disabilities, music therapy can impact an individual’s:
Cognitive Skills – stimulates and focuses attention, which is especially significant for those who do not respond to other interventions.
Physical Skills – stimulates and organizes muscle response for people with neuromuscular disorders, and alters perception of pain.
Communication Skills – stimulates and motivates speech, provides an avenue for nonverbal communication, such as use of an augmentative device or an alternative form of communication.
Social Skills. – provides support for practicing these skills, and encourages cooperation in a production of music.
Emotional Skills – Encourages participation in making music, motivates the control of emotional outbursts, alters the mood of those listening and participating, and increases self-esteem.
Medical Music Therapy is defined as “the prescribed use of music and musical interventions to help with health. This treatment is used to help restore, maintain, or improve health. It is used to address emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.” (AMTA 2006)
Today, qualified music therapists are employed in many settings including:
Music therapy in the medical setting can be used to:
Music Therapy in the rehabilitation setting seeks to “facilitate recovery from loss of function.”
In this setting, music therapists may serve a large variety of individuals with varying diagnoses including: (AMTA 2006)
Music therapy goals in the rehabilitation setting may include:
Studies support the use of a variety of techniques such as song writing, music-prompted reminiscence, imagery, singing, and instrument playing with hospice patients and their families. Music therapy in end-of-life care can impact many areas of a patient’s life, including their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual wellness.
Music Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care can be used to help:
Music therapy has become an active part of the preventive healthcare field. Music therapists work with patients with
In recent years, Music Therapy has encompassed a variety of additional wellness goals including: