This presentation introduces a case study about using Music Sensory Orientation Training (MSOT), one of the neurologic music therapy (NMT) techniques, with a teenager who has been living with epilepsy after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by neurosurgery (brain surgery). This presentation illustrates the basic health conditions of epilepsy, sharing thoughts and ideas about musical logic (Oliver, 2021; Thaut, & Janzen, 2018) in treatment planning based on this case study. Participants will reflect on elements of music and the role of music in music therapy. Also, participants will learn to apply specific elements of music in achieving goals of sensory stimulation, attention maintenance, and emotional regulation for a wide variety of populations, including epilepsy, autism, TBI, developmental disabilities, stroke, dementia, etc. (Myskja, 2014). In addition, the case study recommends NMT techniques for general use. The format will be largely lecture-based with opportunities for questions and discussions.
- Safety (I. 5) Participants will learn the basic conditions of epilepsy and will be able to identify ways to create a safe musical environment; for example, being aware of elements of music that might overstimulate brain activity.
- Implementation (II. A.5) – Participants will reflect on elements of music and their role in music therapy and learn to apply specific elements of music in achieving goals of sensory stimulation, attention maintenance, and emotional regulation for a wide variety of populations.
- Treatment planning (II. D. 11) – Participants will learn to build a musical repertoire based on various musical stimuli.
Yiqing Xiang, MMT, is a board-certified music therapist and Neurologic Music Therapist at Infinity Music Therapy Services, Connecticut, USA. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas, including inpatient psychiatry, Autism, and developmental disability.