Introduction: Cochlear implant (CI) users pass through rehabilitation processes that include developing detection, discrimination, identification and soundunderstanding. However, there are few treatment programs created by music therapists in this particular area. Aim: To describe the characteristics of a music therapy treatment program, designed for children with CI aged 8-10 years old. The program aimed to the development of detection, discrimination, identification and understanding of musical sounds. Material and method: This is a qualitative research, with an exploratory study in which a music therapy assessment tool was applied before and after the intervention. The treatment process consisted of 10 individual sessions for children with CI, aged 8-10 years. The program was conducted in 4 participants of the Research and Information Center for Hearing Deficiencies (CINDA) at Bogota, Colombia. Results: Participants showed valuable progress in the specific areas covered: detection, discrimination, identification and musical soundunderstanding. Qualitatively, it was observed a particular enthusiasm for attending music therapy sessions, this being reported by parents and by the interdisciplinary team responsible of the cases. Basic musical skills and a general awakening for music exploration was developed. Conclusions: The music therapy program and the assessment tool had a positive impact on the rehabilitation of children with CI, it is suggested to implement both of them in a large scale with these patients.
Quique Buitrago, Y. (2014). Musicoterapia en niños con implante coclear. Revista de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello, 74(3), 215–227. https://doi.org/10.4067/s0718-48162014000300004