Development of a rhythmic musical exercise program for preschool children with clefts of the lip, palate and soft palate at the Wolfgang Rosenthal Clinic in Thallwitz

Muhler, G.; Schadlich, H.

Stomatologie der DDR 31(11): 856-862

1981


ISSN/ISBN: 0302-4725
PMID: 6949361
Document Number: 5161
In spite of the considerable advances achieved in cleft-lip and -palate surgery further rehabilitation measures are necessary to promote the personality development of the cleft patient so he may be integrated unconditionally with his environment. In this connexion the rehabilitation of speech is of outstanding significance since speech is the most important tool for social communication. The rehabilitation of speech and the personality development can be promoted by the targeted use of emotional processes. Since music is especially suited for appealing to the emotions of man, it has been used in the rehabilitation of cleft patients at the Wolfgang Rosenthal Clinic at Thallwitz. In the form of active musicotherapy as a rhytmic-motor-musical exercise therapy, it is of paramount suitability for preschool children. The method and experience with 1,096 children are reported.

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Development of a rhythmic musical exercise program for preschool children with clefts of the lip, palate and soft palate at the Wolfgang Rosenthal Clinic in Thallwitz