Music therapy with this population focuses on pain and anxiety management, reduction in trauma symptoms, improving fine and gross motor skills and quality-of-life issues for those who are burn survivors. music therapists work with patients in acute care, reconstructive care and in the out-patient clinic, co-treating with physio therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, child-life specialists and physicians. Music interventions can include listening, singing, songwriting, improvisation, instrument playing.
A recent news report from Boston this week reminded me of the important work and research that music therapists do at Shriners hospital. The news report talks about a young Ukranian boy who had severe burns and was undergoing treatment. What I find interesting though is that in the video clip music therapy is featured showing the vital role it plays in a patients life at this hospital.
check the video out!