Music Therapy to Help With Disabilities
Music is an integral part of our lives. It tells our lifeâ€™s story, our ups, our downs and everything in between. As I write this I am listening to John Denverâ€™s Sunshine on My Shoulders,
â€śIf I had a wish that I could wish for you,
I'd make a wish for sunshine for all the while.â€ť
Yet music is also changing the lives of people with disabilities. Modern psychology is delving into using music as therapy for a broad spectrum of mental and cognitive disorders ranging from simple memorization problems to severe autism and post traumatic stress disorders. Health Talk reports that there are 5,000 music therapists in the U.S. and using music during therapy is a growing trend in healthcare. A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association describes how music has helped calm mechanically ventilated patients thus decreasing the amount of sedation drugs needed.