This book teaches, provides painful insight, and creates awareness and empathy for the patients, families, and caregivers who are living and working every day within a framework of tragedy. This book is also great entertainment. You will laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, throughout your reading.
- From the Foreword by Kay Roskam, Certified Music Therapist
Filling a Need While Making Some Noise is an inspiring and engaging nuts-and-bolts guide for music therapists who are interested in working in pediatrics.
Kathy Lorenzato paints a vivid picture of what it's like to work, as a member of support staff in a teaching hospital, with children and families who are facing tremendous health challenges, and for whom music therapy is part of their treatment or recovery plan. She explains the beneficial effects of music therapy on children with physical or mental illness and offers many helpful suggestions and background information on practicing music therapy in a hospital environment, the kinds of instruments to use and how to work successfully with medical staff and how music therapists can help their patients' families to cope with the hospital experience. Lorenzato also describes the therapy programs she designed to complement the treatment of and recovery from specific medical conditions she has encountered, from cancer to trauma caused by child abuse.
This book will be an invaluable resource for music therapists, both newly qualified and experienced, members of the medical and childcare professions and students in these fields. --- from the publisher
Table of Contents:
Prelude. Foreword, Kay Roskam. 1. The Gospel According to Me. No.1 Goal: Fun. 1. Is All This Noise Really Necessary? (you betcha). In the Beginning. Child Life. Perfect Place for a Music Therapist. Empowering Patients. Respect. Child Development. Knowing Appropriate Parental Behaviour When You See It. The Job is Five Days a Week. 3. The Group Experience. Music Therapy Group. Safety First - Group Instruments. Parents in the Group. Group Songs. Cue the Group. Changing the Group to Fit Individual Needs. Drum Improvisation Group. Hussy! 4. The Importance of Being Staff. Recognizing the Expertise of Others. Co-treating. Celebrations. Nurse as Ally. I'll Do Anything. Support Your Local Nurse! Priority Patients. Hierarchy. Be Kind to Housekeepers. MT Assessment - What Do You Really Need to Know? Data Collection - Less is More. Charting. Rounds. Changing the Environment. 5. Getting Specific in the Acute Medical Setting. Common Diseases in Pediatrics. Bone Marrow Transplant/Stem Cell Transplant. Latex Allergies. Child Abuse. 6. Tools of the Trade. Piano Lessons. Song Writing. Song Choosing. Worst Ages/Best Ages. Nicole. Back Door Approach. Ashley. 7. Welcome to the Broken Hearts Club. Friends. Boundaries. Psychosocial Aspects to Cancer. Bad Times - Relapse. Father and Son. 8. The Art of the Family. Hospitalization as Monkey Wrench. Siblings Brothers Brandy Funerals. 9. Critical Care Units. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. DJ. Burn Unit. 10. There are All Kinds of Suffering. Pain and Fear. Guided Imagery. Cancer Treatment Changes. A Word to Parents - You Know Who You Are. 11. Complaints Department. Complaints? Moi? Adagio For Strings - A Controlled Substance. Religious Conversion on Pediatrics. Height Issues, Or Does Size Matter. 12. Grand Finale (Finally). Toddlers Keep You Humble. Survival Tips. Coda. References. Further Reading. Resources. Song Books. Commonly Used Medical Abbreviations.