Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on music therapy for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Foundational information on acoustical properties of music and speech and the hearing mechanism is provided. Because this population is diverse on a number of factors, which influence therapeutic needs, this chapter describes differences among clients as a function of auditory profiles (e.g. onset or severity of loss), hearing devices, modes of communication, and cultural affiliation. These factors influence abilities in various functional domains. Music therapy goals and interventions are described in relation to speech and language, auditory training, social integration, and music engagement. Accommodations in the therapeutic environment that optimize hearing and communication guidelines essential to successful therapeutic interventions are discussed.
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