Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) is the process of relearning cognitive skills that have been lost or altered as a result of damage to brain cells/chemistry. If skills cannot be relearned, then compensatory strategies can be learned and habituated to enable a person to compensate for the change in cognitive functioning post injury.
At Mosaic, we use a unique, music-centered approach to cognitive rehabilitation based on neuroscientific research.
Our Music Therapists are Certified Brain Injury Specialists.
Neuroplasticity is a term referring to lasting change in the brain's composition due to repetitive training. Function can be transferred to another location, proportion of grey matter may change, and synapses can be strengthened or weaken over time.
Music is processed throughout the entire brain. When we listen to and perform tasks involving music, our brains recruit connections from numerous locations that also overlap other areas of function (i.e., movement, speech, cognition). When one or more of these areas is compromised, the undamaged, musical areas of the brain can help reroute neural connections in order to regain lost function.
Music Therapists are trained to facilitate music-based interventions that have been proven to target these non-musical areas of function. With repetition and practice through music, individuals can begin to regain function which can then be transferred outside of therapy to daily living.
Psychological stressors resulting from brain injury are very common and should not be overlooked. In addition to cognitive skills, our music therapists may address mood/affect, perception of self, self-confidence, coping strategies, self-expression, and more, as part of the healing process.