The effect of music in the nervous system is instantaneous. It can initiate, guide, regulate and recall feelings, memories, thoughts and even physical movement. Music therapy for neurodevelopment or neurologic rehabilitation uses the neurophysiologic effects of music to boost the (re)habilitation. The musical experiences of the patient are the path that guides the change, promoting the capacity to surpass physical, emotional and cognitive barriers.
Because musical activities are pleasant and fun, it creates a positive environment that stimulates the patient to achieve therapeutic goals.
By promoting the musical dialogue and maintaining the identity of the patient, it helps to reintegrate him or her in a world that is essentially verbal, preventing isolation, especially in patients that never learned how to speak or have lost that capacity.
Music therapy for patients with neurologic deficits works in four levels: cognitive, communicational, physical and socio-emotional.
Generically, we want that the therapeutic space is free and relaxed, helping to improve humor and well-being through enriching experiences.
The therapeutic plan for each patient is defined according to the clinical diagnostic and music therapy assessment. Evaluation and progress monitoring are done by direct and comparative clinical observation, during sessions, while periodically recording qualitative and quantitative data.