Music Therapy for Preschool Cochlear Implant Recipients

Music Ther Perspect. 2011 Jun;29(1):39-49. doi: 10.1093/mtp/29.1.39.


This paper provides research and clinical information relevant to music therapy for preschool children who use cochlear implants (CI). It consolidates information from various disciplinary sources regarding (a) cochlear implantation of young prelingually-deaf children (~age 2-5), (b) patterns of auditory and speech-language development, and (c) research regarding music perception of children with CIs. This information serves as a foundation for the final portion of the article, which describes typical music therapy goals and examples of interventions suitable for preschool children.