May 10, 2008 Show – Referrals

On today’s show, we are going to talk about Music Therapy referrals – when they are appropriate, why to make or seek a referral, and how to get music therapy.

Referrals work differently in different settings.

Music therapy may be beneficial for people who:

  • are low-functioning and do not respond to other interventions/activities
  • do not attend or participate in other interventions/activities
  • have changed physical, cognitive, or social functioning
  • have cognitive deficits and are not able to socialize appropriately
  • have physical deficits and are not making progress in physical/occupational therapy
  • have a speech/language disorder and is not making progress in speech therapy
  • are depressed/anxious and is not able to participate in psychological services
  • do not comply with therapy
  • have behavior problems
  • have high blood pressure that is difficult to manage with meds alone
  • have difficulty sleeping at night
  • are on hospice care
  • are not making progress in school

 

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