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Music therapy: A community resource for children with special needs

Journal/Book: Child Welfare. 1984; 63: 563-568.

Abstract: Discusses the usefulness of music therapy for children with behavioral and emotional disorders, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental retardation. The adaptability and seemingly inexhaustable supply of resources associated with this form of nonverbal communication render it useful in treatment situations across a wide range of ages and disabilities. Music therapy is described, and a case history of a 16-mo-old mentally retarded girl for whom music therapy promoted dramatic improvement is presented. The process of agency enrollment is outlined, and it is shown how agencies that cannot provide music therapy can contract with a community resource that does. Music therapy is beneficial for many special children, and the linking of community and treatment agencies to meet the needs of special children has proved highly successful for those agencies faced with reduced budgets and program deficits. (4 ref)

Note: music therapy; children with behavioral & emotional disorders & learning & physical disabilities & mental retardation

Keyword(s): Music therapy; handicapped ; childhood

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