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Use of electronic music as an occupational therapy modality in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: An occupational performance model

Author(s): Nantais, T.

Journal/Book: Amer J Occup Ther. 1996; 50: 1383 Piccard Drive, PO Box 1725, Rockville, MD 20850-4375. Amer Occupation Therapy Assn. 362-369.

Abstract: This article describes an electronic music program that allows clients with spinal cord injury (SCI) to form musical band and play songs while performing therapeutic exercise in an occupational therapy program. Clients create the music by activating upper extremity exercise devices that are connected to a synthesizer through a computer The bands choose the songs they would like to play and meet twice a week for I hi to practice. The 8-week program often concludes with a public performance. The music program is intended to motivate client participation in physical rehabilitation while promoting self-esteem, emotional expression, and peer support li is based on the model of occupational performance and the theory of purposeful activity. To date, 33 persons have taken part. Client, therapist and public response has been positive because this program highlights the abilities of persons with SCI, thereby encouraging their reintegration into the community.

Note: Article B Lee, Spinal Cord Ctr, 520 Sutherland Dr, Toronto, on M4G 3V9, Canada

Keyword(s): group activities; purposeful activities; technology


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