MUSIC THERAPY & NEUROLOGY
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, communication, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system (Thaut, 2005). Neurologic Music Therapists are qualified music therapists who have completed extra training in NMT. Our Neurologic Music Therapists apply neuroscience and music perception and production research when working with people with neurological conditions.
Music is processed in many parts of the brain, which makes it an excellent tool for people living with a neurological disorder such as an Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Huntington Disease’s, Dementia or Parkinson’s Disease.
Individual and group programmes are devised to assist with rehabilitation, maintenance or to enhance quality of life. We work closely with the client, their whanau and team of supporters. We enjoy working collaboratively with the other Allied Health professionals involved with our clients and find this open line of communication works best when working in this area.
We partner with many organisations who are involved with people with neurological conditions so ask your GP or caseworker.
Music Therapy for someone living with a neurological disorder is effective in:
Facilitating self-expression and enhancing identity;
Improving engagement and motivation to participate;
Reducing anxiety, building confidence and improving mood;
Improving verbal and non-verbal communication;
Assisting memory and cognitive processing;
Extending movement and physical co-ordination;
Supporting people in times of loss and grief.
We have Neurologic Music Therapists on our team who specialise working with people with Aphasia, Apraxia of speech as well as gait training and motor movement.
Please see our Group Work, which may have a group you are interested in.