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Music therapists speak universal language to help patients heal and cope

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, patients come from all around the world, speaking many different languages. The staff works hard to provide interpretive services to make families feel more comfortable during their stay. While many employees speak languages other than English, we can’t speak every patient’s language. But there is one person in the hospital who speaks a universal language.

We sat down with Lisa Muscente, a full-time neurological music therapist and child life specialist, to find out more about the work she does at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. As a music therapist, Lisa helps patients deal with the stress of being in the hospital. No matter where a child comes to us from, music therapy can be used as effective tool to help bring happiness to the hospital.

Lisa puts it best herself, “I can’t speak every language, but I can speak the one everyone else can, and that is music.” Music therapy is part of the multidisciplinary care offered at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston to help children recover physically, emotionally and socially on their journey back to being kids.


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