Neurological Differences & Music Therapy: A Case Study

When Tim, age 47 wanted to regain abilities after a stroke, he worked with our team of therapists and saw results in record time.

Post-Stroke Challenges

After recovery from a stroke, Tim experienced issues multitasking. He was unable to eat and talk at the same time, and in restaurants focusing on a single person was impossible because he could not block out the other voices around him. As a precious project manager for a printing company, multitasking was an essential ability for Tim.

Tim’s Goals

In our work with Tim, we aimed to improve his cognitive abilities and ability to multitask. This would not only resolve his issues at meal times and restaurants, but also help him overcome issues he faced recalling the steps require to get ready for the day. Tim’s wanted to reduce his reliance on his wife in the mornings and for daily tasks such as cooking.

A Blend of Individual & Group Therapy

As a first step, Tim engaged in individual music therapy sessions for a period of one year. He then moved to group sessions at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center and still attends those sessions to this day. Tim once commented, “The groups sessions are really fun and it brings other stroke survivors together. We can all relate to what other people are going through.”

Improvements After Just a Few Months!

After just a few months, Tim’s cognition and attention had improved, and he was able to begin multitasking again. “I was surprised at quickly I was able to regain some of my skills” Tim exclaimed. Following instructions while cooking was no longer a challenge, and Tim recently reported that he was able to drive a car again (a stick shift at that!).

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“Music therapy has made my life and my wife’s life better because I am able to do more things without her assistance. Before music therapy, I needed more help with daily routines and figuring out what to do next.” — Tim