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Therapy aids cochlear implant of toddlers

Jan. 8, 2010 at 1:53 AM

HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- An Israeli researcher says music therapy can help toddlers with cochlear implants acquire speech.

Dr. Dikla Kerem of the University of Haifa in Israel says music gradually introduced can help toddlers bridge between the quiet world before the implant and the world of sounds unfolding following the operation.

The study findings suggest it is important parents and staff learn the best way to expose these children to music and how to use music for communication. Therapists should use an undirected approach, the study says.

"Music therapy is gradually penetrating the field of rehabilitation, but there is still a lot of work to be done in improving awareness of this important area," Kerem says in a statement.

The study was carried out in Israel as a doctoral thesis for Aalborg University in Denmark. The findings were presented at the "Brain, Therapy and Crafts" conference held at the University of Haifa.

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