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How Music Therapy Can Compliment Treatment for Children with Cancer

Music is a part of our everyday lives. Ritualistically, music has touched us throughout the history of humanity to celebrate life events and bond together as people. Even singing together on a long car ride can become a family tradition that creates comforting memories that return to us throughout our lifetime. Rhythm and playing musical instruments even without formal instruction brings a sense of empowerment and humanity to us all. Having our children play musical instruments recreationally is a great outlet for our natural musical instincts. Adding instrumental instruction and regular playing plays gives a sense of ownership to a child’s expression as well as enriches their developing mind and sense of confidence.

When looking at alternative cancer healing treatments there are effective and active arts based treatments that especially appeal to children’s creativity and imagination. They have also proven very effective to quell boredom and the monotony of extended hospital stays. Music Therapy is an effective supplementary treatment for children with cancer and most hospitals offer integrated music therapy individually, in groups with other ailing children and family sessions.

As cancer treatments cause  pain and discomfort,the effect pain has on the human spirit and the feeling of control over ones body and mind can be an added obstacle in recovery. The goal of music therapy is to relieve pain and improve coping skills with treatments as well as improve a sense of self and control through creativity and connecting to feelings through musical expression. A consultation with a licensed music therapist in correspondence with your clinician can help you to set up a program to benefit your child’s healing.

Children, and especially teens,  that suffer from many of the developmental after effects of cancer treatment like ADHD, facing the stress of future infertility, growth hormone disorders or physical limitations, for example, successfully find the outlet of music as a way to bond and connect with their peers. As well as the personal satisfaction that comes with reaching out to the world through creativity and performance.

Consider bringing a little music into your family’s healing routine. Unusual portable instruments like a kalimba, an electronic portable keyboard or an electronic app can be an active form of musical expression. Speak to your treatment facility about options for music therapy and follow your own inspiration! Experiment with what your child responds to…be it world beats, jazz, classical, rock ‘n’ roll or pop. Set specific music time aside for the family and let the music act as bonding time for healing and expression.

Please reference
Related Links
American Music Therapy Association

Certification Board for Music Therapists

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Every year more than 300,000 kids are brought to the hospital emergency room as a result of cycling accidents. Many of these cases involve head or traumatic brain injuries or even death. Adults and children alike can reduce the risk of serious head injury by 85 percent by wearing a properly fitted and approved safety helmet. The US government has created a safety standard for bike helmets. When you are purchasing a helmet be sure that it has a CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).  The helmet should fit properly. Many hospitals and national sports equipment retailers have helmet fitting days, but any local bike shop can be of assistance. Hats should never be worn beneath the helmet that they can compromise the fit and effectiveness. Chin straps should be buckled at all times and fit snugly to keep the helmet straight on the head and covering to forehead.

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Helmets should be worn as well as any other appropriate safety equipment for many outdoor activities that could expose your child to head trauma like skating, scootering, skiing and snowboarding. If your child should suffer a traumatic head or brain injury you must be sure that he or she refrains from all sports activities until you have full clearance from your family physician.

Other cycling safety measures to keep in mind:

If you or your child’s helmet is put to the test, replace it with a new one. They do not work as well after a serious crash.

Be sure that your child’s bike is the correct size and height. Your child’s feet should touch the ground when straddling the bike in a standing position.

Regularly check that the chain is oiled, the brakes are responding, the tires are sufficiently inflated and all wheels, pedals and handle bars are tight.

Be sure your child wears covered shoes with laces that are double knotted and pants legs etc. are free from getting caught in the chain.

Be sure that your child’s bicycle is fixed with a bell or horn.

Dress your child in light colored clothing and be sure there are reflectors on the bike. Also have fun with decorating the helmet with reflective stickers – helmets come in all sorts of great colors and designs but encourage your child to personalize his or her helmet!

Be sure to teach your child traffic rules, including stop signs, riding with traffic, using bike lanes when available and using indicating hand signals when turning. Young children (under 10) should not cycle in the street and should use sidewalks only.

Park bike paths are safe places that families can ride together. Teach your children when passing walkers or other bikers they should always do so on the left and announce their passing as “On your left!”.

Tell your child to look out for obstacles that can cause mishaps like wet leaves, potholes and deep puddles.

For long rides, be sure your child has a bottle of water. There are many types and models that fix to the bicycle itself.

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