Music Therapy at Pathways
At Pathways Therapy, we are committed to providing a holistic rehabilitation process for paedatrics and adults experiencing neurologic impairments through evidence-based programs, collaborations, and education.
Neurologic Music Therapy
Neurologic music therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that implements music and rhythmic interventions to promote recovery and neuroplasticity. Standardized musical interventions are used to access three domains, which include sensorimotor rehabilitation, speech and language rehabilitation, and cognitive rehabilitation. Both adults and children can benefit from neurologic music therapy, including individuals recovering from stroke and/or other acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, degenerative diseases, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit disorder, and many more.
Services are often provided in collaboration with other treating professionals.
- Sensorimotor training: The most important feature of sensorimotor rehabilitation is the use of rhythm. Using rhythmic-based activities, music is used to facilitate and improve an individual’s range of motion, joint mobility/agility/strength, balance, coordination, and gait.
- Speech and language training: These techniques incorporate a lot of singing and playing wind instruments, but you don’t need to have any training as a musician to participate. Instead, speech/song phrases can be used to regain language after a stroke or brain injury, and wind instruments are used to strengthen muscles and improve breathing.
- Cognitive training: Musical interventions are used to address attention, memory, and executive functioning skills. Additionally, music can be used as a nonverbal form of communication to offer individuals opportunities for emotional processing, validation, mood evaluation, and personal connection.
Adapted Music Lessons
Adapted music lessons is exactly what the name suggests – a music lesson where modifications are needed to best suit the client’s special needs. Guitar, basic keyboarding, and early childhood music lessons are available. Lessons will be individualized to client needs and client/family goals.
Music psychotherapy uses musical interactions as a means of nonverbal communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues that they may find difficulty expressing with words. Music therapy interventions, such as song writing or improvisation, can be used to: explore feelings and self-esteem, positively change emotional states, enhance awareness of self, and develop coping and relaxation skills.
All Music Therapy Programs are based on neuroscience, goal-based, and fun.