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Successes | Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Sessions

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Traumatic brain injury, visual impairment Patient: Ben, male, age 29 Therapy Setting: Residential rehabilitation center Intervention Type: Individual Intervention Method: Lyric analysis, songwriting, therapeutic singing Academic Goals: Cognitive sustainability, memory recall Motor Goals: Balance, breath support, right- and left-hand coordination…

Assignment Highlight | Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Patient: DM, female, 60s Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual DM’s diagnosis required precautions: gloves, mask, and gown. Upon entry of the music therapist and interns, DM was sitting on her bed. She was extremely…

Assignment Highlight | Abdominal Cancer

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Abdominal cancer pain Patient: RD, female, 60s Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual I was working with a fellow therapist who had brought her cello. It was a real treat to hear her play at bedside for all who…

Assignment Highlight | Traumatic Brain Injury

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Traumatic brain injury resulting from motorcycle accident Patient: RD, male, age 26 Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual neurologic music therapy (NMT) techniques Goal 1: Use left-hand (injury deficit) pincer/palmar grasp coordination Technique 1: Hold mallet to play instrument…

Assignment Highlight | End of Life

Music Therapist Journal — Hospice Angels Medical Diagnosis: Failure to thrive, depression, macular degeneration Patient: Sharon, female, from age 98 to 101 Therapy Setting: Hospice Intervention Type: Individual Sharon loved music, had played the piano when she was a child, and later in life, took…

Hearing the Music, Healing the Body

Scripps Employee Newsletter by Catherine Hooper   Jingle Bells, Silent Night and White Christmas are all songs that we find ourselves singing along to during the holiday season. Music has the power to transport us to a specific place and time, ignite our memories, lighten…