Journal article

Constructing optimal experience for the hospitalized newborn through neuro-based music therapy

Helen Shoemark, Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, Lauren Stewart

FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2015

Abstract

Music-based intervention for hospitalized newborn infants has traditionally been based in a biomedical model, with physiological stability as the prime objective. More recent applications are grounded in other theories, including attachment, trauma and neurological models in which infant, parent and the dyadic interaction may be viewed as a dynamic system bound by the common context of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The immature state of the preterm infant's auditory processing system requires a careful and individualized approach for the introduction of purposeful auditory experience intended to support development. The infant's experience of an unpredictable auditory environment ..

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