Beamz Professional Edition – Therapy Bundle
Professional Edition Includes:
- Beamz Laser Controller
- Beamz Cross-Platform Player Software for Windows, Mac or iOS
- 50 songs featuring a broad representation of music styles, genres and instruments
- Activity Guide with sample activities for educators, therapists and professionals
- Beamz Studio Software for editing and creating Beamz interactive songs (PC software)
Therapy Bundle Adds:
- Beamz Therapy Guide – collection of 15 protocols with measurements tools and resources to service broad patient populations to accomplish a wide variety of cognitive, physical and social/emotional goals ($149.95 value)
- 30 additional Beamz interactive songs paired for use with the protocols
- Beamz Soft Case – ideal solution for storage and light travel needs ($49.95 value)
Beamz Therapy Guide
The Beamz Therapy Guide is a professional resource that can enhance the practice of therapists who work with clients in diverse settings. The guide includes 15 protocols and measurement tools, plus 30 additional Beamz songs paired for use with the protocols. The protocols have been designed to assist therapists in quickly identifying creative ways to structure and adapt treatment sessions that incorporate use of the Beamz. Additional resources are provided to help therapists identify relevant resources and measurement tools that will assist in measuring client progress and documenting therapeutic outcomes.
Recognizing the uniqueness of different settings, clientele and clinical approaches, this guide has purposely been designed as a dynamic collection that can grow and evolve over time. With the ongoing advances that occur in healthcare and human service delivery, this format enables users to add updates and new sections as they are developed and released to ensure therapists are able to work from the most current information available. The binder format also allows for individual user flexibility. Users have the option to reorganize materials so that frequently used items can be stored together; some may also want to create a section in the manual to store client session reports or other documents needed during treatment.
Beamz Therapy Guide Authors
Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D., CTRS, MT-BC Aurora Crew, CTRS
Guide Development & Partnering Agencies
The Beamz Therapy Guide was created in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University with input from several therapists that work in settings with diverse client populations. Feedback from these therapists that achieved positive client outcomes in treatment sessions in their agencies contributed greatly to the development of this guide.
- Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA (Behavioral Health)
- Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ (Pediatric)
- Help-U-Bridge, West Chester, PA (Community Intellectual Disability & TBI)
- Inglis House, Philadelphia, PA (Physical Disability, Long Term Care)
- Madelyn & Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, PA (Geriatric LTC)
- NJ Clubhouse, Woodbury, NJ (Traumatic Brain Injury Day Program)
- The Philadelphia Protestant Home, Philadelphia, PA (Geriatric LTC)
- SPIN, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (Developmental Disabilities Day Program)
- Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (Physical Disability, Short-Term Rehab)
- Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus, Philadelphia, PA (Behavioral Health)
- Voorhees Pediatric Facility, Voorhees, NJ (Pediatric)
- Waverly Heights, LTD., Gladwyne, PA (Geriatric LTC)
Beamz & Music Can Be Used For A Wide Range Of Therapy Goals
- Following Directions
- New Learning
- Problem Solving
- Reading Comprehension
- Fine Motor
- Gross Motor
- Range Of Motion
- Creative Expression
- Decision Making
- General Social Skills
- Interpersonal Relating Skills
- Team Work
- Verbal Expression
Each of the protocols within the Beamz Therapy Guide may be used for a variety of goals. Click here to review the Potential Goals and Outcomes Grid summary.
Beamz Therapy Guide Special Features & Tools
- Potential Goals and Outcomes Grid: designed to assist therapists in selecting protocols that align with targeted client outcomes.
- Suggested Measurements Tools: resource offers a list of potential measurement tools to assess baseline functioning and client outcomes that may be achieved after a series of Beamz sessions.
- Session Forms: developed to make documentation easier and to measure client progression; forms and protocol resources are available online for registered Beamz Therapy Guide users to download.
- Song Index Appendix: resource to assist therapists in identifying music selections that best align with client preferences and specific protocol activities; list includes notations about each song’s musical style, tempo, artist, use of vocals, karaoke options and level of variation.
Recreation Therapy Research
American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Volume 12, Number 3
DOI: 10.5055/ajrt.2013.0050 – www.recreationtherapy.org
Technology-based music-making in recreation therapy practice
Physiological effects of a technology-based music-making program in skilled nursing residents
Brigid Lyons, BS, CTRS, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rhonda Nelson, PhD, CTRS, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Pei-Chun Hsieh, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a technology-based music-making intervention (the Beamz) in elevating heart rate and producing a relaxation response in skilled nursing home residents. Using a quasi-experimental counterbalanced design, results indicated that this brief intervention produced a statistically significant elevation in heart rate and systolic blood pressure when played at a fast tempo. Heart rate was also significantly elevated when slow tempo music was used. In addition, participants reported a statistically lower level of relaxation following the slow tempo session and expressed that they found this new activity intervention enjoyable. Implications of findings and future research possibilities using technology-based music-making interventions in recreation therapy practice are discussed.
Given the large number of skilled nursing have limited options for physical activity due to their chronic health conditions, this intervention provides an opportunity to engage in an activity that promotes physical activity in frail older adults. The fact that positive physical outcomes can be achieved in only a short period of time makes it extremely practical for widespread use.
The Beamz appears to be an activity that older adults are interested in and enjoy, which is important to motivate individuals to participate on a regular basis. The fact that individuals find the intervention enjoyable indicates that therapeutic recreation sessions using this protocol hold the potential to not only impact physical functioning but also enhance quality of life.
Recreation therapists should be able to incorporate use of the Beamz into their regular schedule of therapeutic programming with very little time and effort. The cost of the equipment is minimal, and training to develop skill in use can be completed in a very short period of time. The diversity of ways that the equipment can be used enables flexibility in program design and holds the potential to meet a variety of therapeutic goals for clients.