Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, assistant professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, strums the guitar in front of children at Operation Breakthrough, an early education child care and social services facility in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Todd Feeback / The Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT
At "cuddle houses," you can pay a stranger to cuddle with you--it's supposed to be a form of touch therapy. Professional cuddling has set up shop in Wisconsin, New York and has now come to Kansas City. How does touch affect our physical and psychological well-being?
Alzheimer's and dementia can make loved ones appear unreachable, like shells of their former selves. A new documentary and increasingly popular treatment program use music to connect with the dynamic inner lives of patients.
Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment.
We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process.
Speech and communication is a fundamental and necessary part of our days. Being able to articulate I thoughts, feelings and desires is perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of being human. But how hard is it to correct or relearn this intrinsic skill? Today we explore the practice of Speech Therapy with Carol Koch, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University and Shatonda Jones, a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University.
Can you ever love your child too much? Today on the show, join Dr. Bruce Liese for a look at what happens when parents are too attuned to their children, and how our culture’s obsession with happiness can lead our children towards an unhappy adulthood.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri's autism insurance mandate takes effect this month. The law requires insurance companies to cover autism therapies for children. The state's gearing up to license therapists to do the work, but as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, that process is just getting underway. -------
Missouri's new law requires state-regulated insurance companies to cover up to $40,000 a year in an intensive therapy, called applied behavioral analysis (ABA), for children up to the age of 18.
Kansas City, MO – Jason Strachman Miller, a senior and editor-in-chief of Kansas State University's Collegian, stumbled upon a gripping story while researching a project for his Computer Assisted Reporting class.