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Music in the Recovery of Rep. Giffords

Music offers another pathway back to language. By associating relearned words with rhythm and melody, the victim of a serious brain injury can become conversant again. This process involves strengthening pathways used less frequently during the brain’s normal function. Yet with the major pathways of language and speech damaged, these smaller pathways must become “super-highways”, in the words of doctors in the field. Music therapy has become the most effective way to do this.

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Music in the Recovery of Rep. Giffords

Music offers another pathway back to language. By associating relearned words with rhythm and melody, the victim of a serious brain injury can become conversant again. This process involves strengthening pathways used less frequently during the brain’s normal function. Yet with the major pathways of language and speech damaged, these smaller pathways must become “super-highways”, in the words of doctors in the field. Music therapy has become the most effective way to do this.

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What is Art For?

Catch-phrases like “art heals” and “art saves” are ubiquitous in our culture and among artists. But what is art actually for and why does it exist?read more

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What is Art For?

Catch-phrases like “art heals” and “art saves” are ubiquitous in our culture and among artists. But what is art actually for and why does it exist? Primary Topic:  Creativity read more

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So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part Two: Art Therapy Education

It’s all about the good, the bad, and the “challenging” about being an art therapist in the 21st century, starting with art therapy education. Primary Topic:  Therapy read more

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Inclusion of Art Therapists

With the emphasis nationwide on access to health care for everyone, art therapists, creative arts therapists and other arts professionals need work to be included in the group of defined providers in national and local health care solutions. In the US, there are five major mental health professions that have occupational regulations, including: psychiatrists, psychologists, […]

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #8: Mask Making

Masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment, or protection. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. Making a mask invites you to explore the persona you re…

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@im_inebriated to @arttherapynews: Art Therapy is a Fake!

OMG, someone is using Twitter to disparage my profession. At first I dismissed this tweeter as twitwit and even a bit of a twhiner. But then I started to wonder: Is Twitter possibly a digital oracle of wisdom? Is art therapy really a fake? Primar…

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