Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW
245 Metro Dr, Appleton WI 54913
Empowering individuals—those living with social, cognitive, emotional, physical and/or spiritual needs—through music, art and mental health therapies to improve health & well-being.
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
“About 25 years ago, a group of music therapists, neurologists, and other brain science specialists began research in what is now known as Neurologic Music Therapy. Throughout the years, the research has established standardized techniques that music therapists use to treat clients within a variety of clinical settings. The use of music in NMT has been standardized using 20 techniques. These techniques are adapted to address a client’s needs. By either creating music and/or listening to music, the client is assessed and treated in order to meet non-musical goals. The following information expands on Neurologic Music Therapy; how it is used, how it is held accountable by an academy, how research supports its practice and efficacy, and how it could benefit the community of North East Wisconsin.”
Information obtained from the
“Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy”
Use of NMT at Expressive Therapies
Watching this is just magical.
After the accident, we were told by doctors that the brain damage was so severe, she may never regain consciousness. If she did, in their experience, the best we could hope for is that
she would have some mobility with a walker, would mumble and be blind. We knew there would be significant deficits.
Recently, we were told that if you see her scans, there is no way she should be able to motor plan walking as well as she does. This makes kicking amazing! The amount of balance, coordination,
working between both sides of her brain, accuracy, sight etc that it takes is huge. And she has weights on!! I can't stress enough how much hard work this is for her.
We have been blessed to have extraordinarily people cross Payton's path. From saving her life to helping her continue to push her potential.
All the while showing her support and love, thinking outside the box to motivate her. We are so proud of her.
Settings: Applicable and Currently Active Sites facilitated by Expressive Therapies
A board certified music therapist with an NMT certificate can practice Neurologic Music Therapy and its techniques in any setting with the aforementioned diagnoses.
Settings typically are private practices (Expressive Therapies), community day centers, hospitals (rehab, trauma, oncology, end of life), rehabilitation centers, schools, and assisted living sites.
We would love to hear any inquiries you have about NMT as a study or as a potential service for your environment.
Expressive Therapies currently uses NMT in its private practice as well as through contracts at local hospitals and in clients’ home environment.
Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and its Certificate
“The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy was established in 2002 to advance the professional education and understanding of the scientific, evidence-based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy,
and to facilitate the coordinated and cooperative efforts of NMTs throughout the world.” If you are curious about more specifics on Neurologic Music Therapy, please refer to the academy’s website at https://nmtacademy.co.
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