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Music Therapy for Multisensory and Body Awareness in Children and Adults with Severe to Profound Multiple Disabilities


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Dedication. Acknowledgements. List of tables. Permission of usage. Foreword - Dr William Cable. Introduction. Part One. 1. The building blocks of sensory processing and body awareness development. 2. People with severe to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. Part Two. 3. The MuSense Program. 4. The original music for the MuSense Program. Part Three. 5. The MuSense Program with the pediatric population - Xueyan Hua. 6. Adapting the MuSense Program for music therapy sessions with a pediatric client with dual diagnoses: Down Syndrome and ASD. 7. Incorporating the elements of the MuSense Program in the music therapy sessions with a pediatric client with ASD. 8. Study of the MuSense Program with a tactilely defensive individual - Andrea Clark. 9. The case study - Grant Howarth. References. Appendices.

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An evidence-based book providing guidance for music therapists working with individuals with severe to profound multiple disabilities and those needing to enhance development of body and sensory awareness.

About the Author

Roberta S. Adler is a Board Certified Music Therapist working in private practice in California. She has 43 years' experience working as a music therapist, with 12 years serving adults with profound multiple disabilities.

Olga V. Samsonova-Jellison is a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Master's degree in Music Therapy and 9 years' experience of working in private practice in California.


What I love about the MuSense approach to music therapy is its absolute grounding in the human body: the anatomical parts of the body, the brain's neuronal connections, the biological need human beings have for companionship ... All music therapists who are looking for a practical book that offers new ways to approach their craft should find this manual of interest.
*Dr. M. Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist and founder of the organisation connected baby*

With a wealth of solid information and detailed explanation, Adler and Samsonova-Jellison have provided valuable inspiration and insight into reaching these clients who may at times seem unreachable. I am excited by the MuSense protocol and the opportunities it provides for this population who can so clearly benefit from music therapy!
*Maria Ramey, music therapist in private practice in central Massachusetts and author of Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities*

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