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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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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #3: It’s All About the Metaphor

Draw a person in the rain. Make a picture of a bird’s nest. Use clay to create an image of yourself as an animal. Or just paint whatever you’d like. Now talk about it with your therapist. It’s all about the metaphor. Primary Topic:  …

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #7: Creating Together

There is a distinctive kind of creative energy generated when people work in a group to create art. Call it synergy or collective flow; whatever you call it, it changes our perceptions of who we are and shows us how to get by with a little creative hel…

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