The neurologic music therapy program at Craig Hospital aims to provide live-music experiences in order to facilitate recovery of non-musical functions. Neuroscience has highlighted the unique ways that music is processed by our neurologic system. There is some overlap in how music and non-musical elements are processed neurologically, but musical ability can be left intact after a neurologic injury when the parallel non-musical function is injured. For example, after a stroke, some stroke survivors have difficulty speaking fluently, but they can sing fluently. We use this robust processing to try and elicit responses that may not come out in other therapies. It is important to note that our brains are hard-wired to processes music, even if we do not have any musical training or experience. Here is how various elements of music can work in rehabilitation:
The neurologic music therapy program serves patients in the in-patient and out-patient program at Craig Hospital. Neurologic music therapy services are delivered by a board-certified music therapist with advanced training in neurologic music therapy.
Sarah Thompson, MM, MT-BC, CBIS
Board Certified Music Therapist
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow