Using Music to Decrease Disruptive Vocalizations in a Man With Dementia
Music played through headphones was noted to reduce the disruptive chanting and speech-like vocalizations of a 68-year-old man who lived in a secure dementia unit. We conducted a variety of assessment procedures, including a functional analysis 'alone' condition, to identify why this simple intervention may have been effective for this individual. The data suggest that music provided an alternative source of auditory stimulation to that produced by automatically reinforced vocal behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Music and Health Institute Terms
Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Elderly; Functional Assessments; Long-Term Care Facility; Music Listening; Neurodegenerative Disorders
disruptive vocalization; dementia; chanting; intervention; Vocalization
Case Study; Qualitative Methods
Locke, Janine M. and Mudford, Oliver C., "Using Music to Decrease Disruptive Vocalizations in a Man With Dementia" (2010). Research on Music and Dementia. 284.