According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”
For individuals nearing end of life and their families, music therapy can provide a meaningful mode of expression and support for individual challenges and needs. It often works hand in hand with speech therapy as well.
What Can Music Therapy Help With?
Music therapists can assist patients in improving quality of life through supportive musical interactions such as singing preferred songs, playing instruments, music relaxation, listening to music, or songwriting. These interactions can be focused on providing opportunities for self expression, processing of emotions, or connecting in a meaningful way with a loved one. Music therapy can also provide opportunities to improve mood, redirect from pain, or increase relaxation. Individuals strengths and needs are assessed and incorporated into the music therapy treatment plan. Interventions are tailored to address isolation, loneliness, depression, anxiety, agitation, confusion, pain, loss of control, spiritual support, emotional support, or family support.
Meet Music Therapist Leah Whitmire
Leah Whitmire has been a board-certified music therapist for five years. She completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and graduates with her Master’s of the Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College in May of 2017. Leah has worked for several companies providing music therapy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults, and refugees. She is very excited to be reaching more individuals now through her position as a music therapist with Paradigm Living Concepts. She enjoys providing focused care on each individual and creating music experiences to enrich their lives.
We are thrilled to now have Leah as a Paradigm team member! We love watching her bring a sparkle to our clients smile with her compassion and talent.Leah lives in Indianapolis with her husband. She enjoys hiking, cooking, playing music, and yoga. Leah plays saxophone, guitar, piano, and sings, and she is always learning new songs from the radio and people she meets.
When asked her very favorite thing about her career with Paradigm, Leah noted that her favorite things about working for Paradigm include: the amazing team, the spirit of support, cooperation and teamwork and the enthusiasm for music therapy here at Paradigm!
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