Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) use music therapy to address the sensori-motor, communication, cognitive, and social-emotional aspects of TBI and SCI.
HOW MUSIC THERAPY IS USED:
Music works uniquely in the brain to support rehabilitation.
Through songwriting, musical improvisation, lyric discussion, and re-creating familiar songs, a board certified music therapist assists individuals with various needs to achieve rehabilitation in key areas related to cognitive, motor, communication, social, and emotional needs. Clients do NOT need to be musicians.
for Traumatic Brain Injury & Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
You may qualify for free services if:
You are a Virginia Resident
You have experienced a traumatic brain injury and/or a spinal cord injury
Services are funded by RFA# 262-23-077 from the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund and managed by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CNI Trust Fund or DARS.
Individual Music Therapy
Individuals can be seen online, in our clinic in Roanoke, or potentially in-home within the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley.
Group Music Therapy
Groups will meet once or twice a week to socialize and make music. Group members will find support and grow in areas of cognition, motor skills, emotional regulation, and more.
Groups run regularly and meet either online or in-person in Roanoke, Virginia. Location (online or in-person) will be determined by registered participants.
Caregiver Support Group
This group helps the family as a whole unit cope with the challenges they face. Caregiving can bring immense physical and psychological stress, often having long-term health effects such as depression (Caputo, Pavalko & Hardy, 2016). Music therapy techniques of improvisation, songwriting, music listening, and re-creating familiar songs bring you stress-relief as well as an uplifted mood.
The group will meet once a month. Time/day/location will be determined by participants.
Past Client's Experience
“Music therapy has given me a cohesive, integrative approach to my recovery that is much more aligned with my personal healing process than other (more conventional) therapies I’ve tried.
For that reason I have the distinct impression that music therapy has been a magnifier of my recovery, amplifying the progress and soothing the symptomatic backlash I often experience in other therapies.
Music therapy, by contrast, has never felt draining. I don’t recall ever becoming unpleasantly symptomatic after a session. Instead, it feels like rather than forcing brain plasticity through repetition, my music therapist and I are allowing plasticity to show us what it can do by following it through music”
~ TBI Survivor