Music Therapy for People with Disabilities

Music therapy is an effective educational and therapeutic tool for both children and adults with forms of disabilities. The strategies involved with music therapy may effect changes in skill areas that are important for people with a variety of forms of disabilities such as learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and many others. As a person with disabilities, I have found music to be invaluable in relation to the forms of disabilities I experience.
Source: Disabled World - Category: Disability Tags: Physical Therapy Source Type: news

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Abstract The purpose of this study was to survey parental satisfaction with ambulatory anesthesia during dental treatment in disabled patients. Factors associated with parental preference for general anesthesia during future dental treatment in such patients were also investigated. A questionnaire was mailed to the parents of 181 disabled individuals who underwent dental treatment under ambulatory anesthesia at Tokyo Dental College Suidobashi Hospital between 2012 and 2016. A total of 71 responses were received (39.2%). The mean patient age was 18 years, and disabilities included autism spectrum disorder, intellec...
Source: The Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College - Category: Dentistry Authors: Tags: Bull Tokyo Dent Coll Source Type: research
Abstract A small heterozygous deletion involving KANK1 was originally reported in 2005 to cause cerebral palsy in one large Israeli family of Jewish Moroccan origin. There were nine affected children over two generations to five unaffected fathers. All of these children had congenital hypotonia that evolved into spastic quadriplegia over the first year of life, along with intellectual impairment and brain atrophy. The subsequent clinical depictions of other individuals with neurological disease harbouring a comparable KANK1 deletion have been extremely variable and most often quite dissimilar to the original famil...
Source: European Journal of Medical Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Eur J Med Genet Source Type: research
We read with great interest the case-series by Swed Tobia et. al. on scurvy due to selective-eating in autism spectrum disorders(ASD) [1]. Authors have rightly emphasized food selectivity in children with ASD which led to nutritional deficiencies. However, the food selectivity is not specific to ASD and nutritional deficiencies are not uncommon in other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) unless timely supplementation is initiated. Although not commonly described in the literature, children with NDD like cerebral palsy, intellectual disability etc also have food selectivity.
Source: Pediatric Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
Western Australia presents a unique opportunity to study a culturally diverse population of births. Over the last 3 decades there, just under 30% of children were born to mothers who themselves were foreign-born, while about 6% of deliveries were among Australian Indigenous women and two-thirds in Australian non-Indigenous mothers, as reported by Abdullahi et  al in this volume of The Journal. The authors set out to explore whether children from foreign-born mothers have higher rates of intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and cerebral palsy.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: The Editors' Perspectives Source Type: research
ConclusionFuture work in this domain should continue to leverage longitudinal evaluations of preterm infants which include both neuroimaging and detailed serial neurodevelopmental assessments to further characterize relationships between imaging measures and impairment, information necessary for advancing our understanding of modifiable risk factors underlying these disorders and best practices for improving neurodevelopmental trajectories in this high-risk clinical population.
Source: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
We described comorbidities and the prevalence of multimorbidity in this population. We explored the relationship between multimorbidity and age, gender, ethnicity, severity of ID, socio‐economic status, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking status using multiple logistic regression.ResultsThe prevalence of multimorbidity was 61.2% (95% CI 57.7 –64.7). Multimorbidity was independently associated with being female (P 
Source: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research - Category: Disability Authors: Tags: Original Manuscript Source Type: research
Talking, conversing, exchanging words: for more than 10 million people, this seemingly simple act cannot be imagined without assistive technologies, such as voice generating devices, touch screens or text-to-speech apps. What does the digital future bring for them? How could innovations turn around the translation industry or the medical administration process? Here’s a glimpse into the future of voice and speaking. Speaking, identity, voice stereotypes Give me the key! – This simple sentence carries much more information when it’s pronounced. A weary Philippino mother could instruct her little child as s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients apps assistive technology Health Healthcare Innovation speaking speech speech generating voice voice generating device Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsThe findings suggest that the stigma associated with parenting a child with disabilities may be one mechanism that places such parents at risk for poor health. Efforts to alleviate the stigma associated with developmental disorders or mental health problems may have beneficial effects on health of parents of individuals with such conditions.
Source: Social Science and Medicine - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
[Leadership] Some physiotherapists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have called on governments, at all levels, to assist in training and rehabilitation of children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism. In an interview with LEADERSHIP, as part of this year's World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day celebration, an occupational physiotherapist, Agbapuonwu Vivian, frowned that Nigeria government is not doing anything at the moment to assist in the training of children affected by cerebral
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
This study suggests that low Apgar score is associated with higher risk of ASD, and in particular AD. We did not observe any major modifying effects of gestational age and sex, although there seems to be substantial confounding by gestational age and birth weight on the observed association.
Source: European Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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