Our focus today at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Central Florida was an individual music therapy session.
Nemours is only five years old, and yet they already are establishing music therapy as a reliable addition to their treatment program.
A young patient, Maya, allowed me to participate with her today. She played the keyboard, and I helped with percussion! Great fun.
But while participating, unknowingly to us, the music therapy session was actually helping Maya manage pain. She shared that the sessions are helping her to deal with pain. After meeting with the music therapist, Nicole, she takes the keyboard back to her room where she can use it whenever she begins to feel pain.
Her mother shared in a roundtable afterward that this therapy has been especially helpful for Maya. And she looks forward to Maya using the family piano when she transitions home.
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