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October 2021

Music Therapy Techniques with the Cerebral Palsied Child

Journal/Book: British Journal of Music Therapy. 1986; l7: Herfortshire, UK. British Society for Music Therapy. 2-l3.

Abstract: This paper examines the value of music in helping the cerebral-palsied child develop self-confidence and increased physical control. It emphasises , within a directive framework, that listening is a necessary skill which develops to help children achieve specific goals often relating to their physiotherapy prgramme. The pleasure of creative music-making with the therapist is seen as the motivating force which encourages children to develop better midline control. It identifies the problems encountered by increased muscle tone when engaged in certain musical activities. Musical activities are illustrated to identify the value of specific instruments in achieving these goals.

Keyword(s): cerebral, movement, control, awareness, improvisation, confidence, independence, motivation, midline-listening, muscle, tone.


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