Neurorehabilitation and Music Therapy
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a set of 20 specific techniques used by Music Thrapists to support people living with neurological disabilities.
The Academy of Neurologic music therapy defines NMT in the following way:
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a research-based system of 20 standardised clinical techniques for sensorimotor training, speech and language training, and cognitive training. It’s treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behaviour functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). NMT encompasses neurologic rehabilitation, neuropediatric, neuropsychiatric, neurogeriatric, and neurodevelopmental therapy. Therapeutic goals and interventions address rehabilitation, development, and maintenance of functional behaviors (Thaut,2015).
The 3 areas of function that NMT supports are:
- Sensorimotor training
- Speech and Language training
- Cognitive Training
We work with a number of clients with different backgrounds and conditions to best support rehabilitation, in particular where the use of music therapy and stroke rehabilitation is concerned. Working with other clinical specialists such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, we are able to deliver music therapy sessions that support the therapeutic goals putting the client at the centre of any intervention.
All our Music Therapists have acquired additional certification to qualify them to practice Neurologic Music Therapy.
Please get in touch with any enquiries.
The video below shows where using a music therapist in a patient stroke rehabilitation program can be of huge advantage.