Music Therapy Wellness clinic at CSUN

Music Therapy Clinic Information

The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at CSUN

The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic provides individually designed music activities for children and adults with disabilities * PD, MS, STROKE and TBI)  and special challenges, including autism, developmental delay, physical, mental and emotional disorders, and learning disabilities.

Music therapy is a field that uses music in a prescribed manner as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Music Therapy is a creative arts therapy similar to others such as Art, Dance, and Drama Therapy. It is, however, unique in that music provides an accessible and enjoyable medium for growth and learning. It is a healing art, based on scientific principles and grounded in research.

The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic is dedicated to creating an environment where an individual with special challenges can acquire necessary life skills through the unique, creative and enjoyable medium of music. Our therapists are internationally recognized and encompass a range of techniques and areas of expertise. Our entire treatment team is dedicated to creating the opportunity for each participant to express his or her true creative essence while gaining needed skills and enhancing self-esteem.

The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic is a teaching clinic for the CSUN Music Therapy Department. As such, all sessions are utilized for student observation and learning and are part of the educational process for future music therapists.

Some of the benefits of Music Therapy include:

  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Improvement in acquisition and application of academic fundamentals
  • Development of practical life skills
  • Increase in socialization
  • Enhancement of self-esteem
  • Expansion of the quality of life through musical enjoyment and creative self-expression

The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic provides individual and group sessions conducted by a highly trained and experienced Music Therapist. A variety of instruments are used, including piano, guitar, percussion, auto-harp, recorder, electronic instruments, harmonica, and voice.

Contact Information

To contact the clinic please call 818-677-5663 or you can email us at







Bike Riding to slow down Parkinsons


How Patients Are Using Cycling to Slow Down Parkinson’s

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are finding that cycling is helping patients stop the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and can even do something that medicine can’t do. Outdoor or at the gym, give it a try.

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Managing Parkinson’s Mid-Stride NEW BOOK

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The National Parkinson’s Foundation has  published a new book, “Managing Parkinson’s Mid-Stride,” which is for those who have had PD for a while, and now find themselves not newly-diagnosed but not yet advanced.  Click on the colored link to take you directly to the information.  Managing Parkinsons Mid Stride .

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What caregivers can do to decrease the strain on their relationships

Caregiving: Dealing with the strain on your marriage

Caregiving and marital strain often go hand in hand. Know the impact caregiving can have on your marriage and what you can do about it.

By Mayo Clinic Staff – January 2017

Marriage isn’t always easy. This can be especially true for those acting as a caregiver for a parent, in-law or other loved one with Alzheimer’s. Understand how caregiving might affect your marriage and what steps you can take to protect your relationship.

Source of marital strain

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s can be consuming and stressful and that stress can affect your marriage. Caregiving can affect your relationship with your spouse by:

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Information about Inhaled Version of PD medication


 Levodopa pill can wear off, but a powdered version can come to the rescue, study finds.      

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An inhaled version of the Parkinson’s drug levodopa can help when patients experience symptoms between doses of the pill form of the medication, a new, small study finds.

Levodopa can control the tremors, rigidity and difficulty maintaining balance and coordination associated with Parkinson’s disease. However, within two years, as many as half of all patients have rapid and unexpected loss of motor control during “off” periods, when the drug wears off between doses, the researchers explained.

“Off periods are considered one of the greatest unmet medical needs in the treatment of Parkinson’s, and typically increase in frequency during the course of the disease,” said lead researcher Michael Lipp. He is vice president of pharmaceutical development and technical operations at Acorda Therapeutics, the drug’s maker and funder of the study.

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Take Care to Give Care

“Take Care to Give Care

The first rule of taking care of others: take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the Nation’s 90 million family caregivers. So as a family caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”

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Caffeine and Parkinson disease



A new clinical study published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders links higher caffeine consumption to slower development of Parkinson’s symptoms after diagnosis.

Following the progression of Parkinson’s, researchers studied the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms over 4 years in 79 people who had been newly diagnosed with the condition.

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Prescription assistance new resources


Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Works to increase awareness of and enrollment in patient assistance programs. Sponsors a toll-free helpline and serves as a single point of access to nearly 500 prescription assistance programs.


RxHope is exactly what its name implies…a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help

BENEFITS CHECK-UP ( Social Security Administration)    and

PLLUS Exercise Program

Geriatric Care Managers

Disability Resources     

Description: Non-profit organization that works to promote and improve awareness, availability, and accessibility of information to help people with disabilities live, learn, work, and play independently. Disseminates information through a newsletter, a guide to toll-free telephone resources, a website, and other tools.

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For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county, Central Coast & Central Valley contact us here or call 818-885-8623 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

PD Friendly Gardening


PD-Friendly Gardening  is a favorite summertime activity .Gardening is an enjoyable hobby but one which requires a good bit of planning if it is to be Parkinson’s-friendly. Here are many tips to make gardening as simple as possible for a person with PD. Picking your plants before you start digging and  spend some time thinking about what you would like to plant.

If you are partial to flowers, you may want to plant high-stemmed varieties so that you can sniff and cut them without bending to the ground. If vegetables are your interest, try to avoid selections that have to be dug up and that require kneeling, such as potatoes and carrots.

Separate the rows by at least 18 inches, so that you can tend to your crops without stumbling over them or falling. Remember that vegetables need frequent and abundant watering. Since standing for an extended period of time requires considerable stamina, it is advisable to purchase a soaker hose.

Place the hose alongside your walking path to avoid tripping, and wear waterproof footwear to keep your feet from getting wet and cramping. t at  If you don’t have the space or inclination to grow things outdoors, a window box of flowers or herbs may be a good choice. 

While you probably want to get started, there are a few things you should be thinking about before you break ground. When purchasing clippers and bulb planters, look for long-handled versions (two to three feet). These provide you with more control and eliminate the need to use a potentially-dangerous ladder.

Visit a local garden shop for a selection of long-handled tools, including One of your most important garden accessories is a pair of gloves that gives you a sturdy grip on tools while protecting your hands. To eliminate unnecessary trips to the tool shed, another useful accessory is the tool belt or apron. A mobile storage cart can fulfill the same function. A  mobile storage cart also provides a place to sit when you need a break.

One option is the Garden Scooter. A scooter doubles as a work seat and a storage space for tools. Try large big box discount stores or garden shop.  If you opt not to go with the cart, be sure to wear knee pads or use some other sort of cushioning to protect your knees when kneeling.

Keep your medications in mind. Knowing when your medications are most effective and when you might expect an “off” period can help you select the best time to garden. Be sure to create an outdoor, protected set-up of your medications, sorted in an easily-opened pillbox.

Wear a watch with a reminder device to alert you when it’s time to take your medications, and have plenty of water available, since many PD meds can cause dehydration. Sometimes, our PD meds can cause sensitivity to sunlight.

To avoid too much sun exposure, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, apply sunscreen and avoid going out during the hot hours of the day. Some people wear blue tinted sunglasses to cut down on the sun’s glard. Safety first!

Now that you are ready to start gardening, here are a few last-minute tips to keep you safe. First, leave a note telling the people you live with that you are outside. In case of an emergency, keep a well-charged portable or cell phone with you. To prevent rigidity, stretch before beginning your tasks. This, along with frequent changing of positions, can ward off stiffness. Implementing these tips will create the most pleasant environment in which to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

ADAPTED FROM THE Parkinson’s Mailbag, The Parkinson Disease Foundation

The PD Alphabet


Do you know the PD alphabet? A is for alpha-synuclein, B is for biomarker, C is for clinical trials … The Michael J. Fox Foundation has published a handy glossary to help you understand definitions of commonly used terms for symptoms, treatments and Parkinson’s research. You can [Read more…]

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