The central tenet of this innovative collection is that identity can be regarded as a performance, achieved through and in dialogue with others. The authors show that where neuro-degenerative disease restricts movement, communication and thought processes and impairs the sense of self, music therapy is an effective intervention in neurological rehabilitation, successfully restoring the performance of identity within which clients can recognise themselves. It can also aid rehabilitation of clients affected by dementia, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis, among other neuro-generative diseases.Music Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation is an authoritative and comprehensive text that will be of interest to practising music therapists, students and academics in the field.
'Readers may pick chapters of particular interest to them or read the whole book. While it is not a light read, those wanting to deepen their thinking about the way music therapy works and how it can be applied, will find it a feast worth digesting.'- Journal of Dementia Care'A stimulating feature of the book is th wide variety of writing styles, type of study and perspective. Aldridge's commitment to rigorous research in arts therapies does not limit subject matter.'- Journal of Dementia Care'This inspiring book provides a wide-ranging, honest and in-depth discussion of many issues relating to music therapy interventions for people living with degenerative illnesses in health care settings. It will be a compelling read for music therapists but also of interest to managers and other health professionals working in neuro-rehabilitation or dementia care, particularly if arts therapies are being considered or are already a party of the care plan.'- Journal of Dementia Care'Music Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation: Performing Health, edited by David Aldridge, provides an overview of the use of music therapy as a form of neurological rehabilitation. The collection examines the use of music as therapy for a range of neurological conditions, from multiple sclerosis to work with clients in a vegetative state.'- Dementia'David Aldridge's latest text, Music Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation: Performing Health, provides much needed summaries of research in the area of neurorehabilitation.'- The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy'Two hundred and sixty pages, ten chapters, and eight experienced music therapy clinicians and researchers are what makes up David Aldridge's latest text Music Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation: Performing Health. The profile of music therapy within the neurorehabilitaiton field is mounting and this text contributes to the growing body of knowledge supporting this emerging clinical area.'- The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy'This book will be of great value to anyone doing post graduate research in Music Therapy, and a gift to studentsasked to write an essay on Music Therapy in neurological rehabilitation. For those working in the field of Music Therapy for various neurological disorders, there is much useful information and the book is valuable for deepening understanding of the problems of people with such disorders and how they can be helped. What I liked about the book is it's carefully researched data - useful information for anyone working in neurological rehabilitation, nit just Music Therapists.'- Positive Health'A stimulating feature of the book is the wide variety of writing styles, type of study and perspective. Aldridge's commitment to rigorous research in arts therapies does not limit subject matter.'- Dementia Care Magazine
David Aldridge is the author of a number of books within related fields including Spirituality, Healing and Medicine: Return to the Silence and Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
1. Looking for the why, how and when, David Aldridge. 2. Gesture and dialogue: music therapy as praxis aesthetic and embodied hermeneutic, David Aldridge. 3. Dialogic degenerative diseases and health as a performed aesthetic, David Aldridge. 4. An overview of therapeutic initiatives when working with patients suffering from dementia, Hanne Mette Ridder. 5. Music therapy in neurorehabilitation with people who have experienced traumatic brain injury: a literature review, Simon K. Gilbertson. 6. Encounter with the conscious being of patients in persistent vegetative state, Ansgar Herkenrath. 7. `Swing in my brain': active music therapy for people living with multiple sclerosis, Wolfgang Schmid. 8. A music therapy intervention for patients suffering with chronic aphasia: a controlled study, Monika Jungblut. 9. `Traditional oriental music therapy' in neurological rehabilitation, Gerhard Tucek. 10. What are the therapeutic effects of art therapies in the primary treatment of paraplegic patients? A qualitative study with 21 patients treated at the Herdecke community hospital, Anke Scheel-Sailer. 11. Coda, David Aldridge. References. Index.
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