Infant-directed singing as a vehicle for regulation rehearsal in the medically fragile full-term infant

Infant-directed singing as a vehicle for regulation rehearsal in the medically fragile full-term infant

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This paper was presented as a Keynote Address at the 2005 World congress of Music Therapy, Brisbane, Australia


Abstract

A significant step in the full-term infant's development is the achievement of self and mutual regulation. The invasive nature of care on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can undermine the medically fragile full-term infant's efforts to control his experiences through regulation of stimuli. During active music therapy, the therapist provides a contingent relationship in which improvised infant-directed singing serves as a vehicle for rehearsal of self and mutual regulation.

 

Keywords: neonates, infant-directed singing, self-regulation, mutual regulation, music therapy


Citation

Shoemark, H. (2006). Infant-directed singing as a vehicle for regulation rehearsal in the medically fragile full-term infant. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 17, 54-63.


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Date published: July 2006