Clinical Services: Infants, Children & Teens
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting
more than one child in 20. It is a disease of the lungs in which the airways,
triggered by an allergen or irritant, become narrowed, causing shortness
of breath, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Difficulty breathing
may trigger anxiety, further compounding the symptoms, and severe episodes
may require hospitalization. Asthma can be managed with proper treatment
Asthma Initiative Program (AIP)
The Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) uses music therapy to enhance
the breathing capacity and quality of life of children and teens with
asthma. The research team is composed of music therapists, physicians,
and other medical team staff. AIP uses music-assisted relaxation and breathing
exercises combined with playing a wind instrument to complement medical
treatment. This unique, creative approach may help children to understand
how to breathe optimally and maintain control over their symptoms. The
program is FREE and sponsored by the Grammy Foundation Grant Program.
Participants have the opportunity to enroll in our music therapy research
program where they are interviewed and provided with spirometry (lung
function) tests initially and again after six months. All participants
receive a free Yamaha recorder flute and a free journal
to log their asthma symptoms and experiences
Enroll in our Study
Children and teens ages 7-18 diagnosed with asthma may be eligible for
the study. Parents/caregivers may contact the AIP Hotline at (212) 420-3592
for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Where is AIP?
The study takes place at Mount Sinai Beth Israel , Philips Ambulatory
Care Center ,
10 Union Square , New York , NY 10003 .
**AIP also works onsite in area public schools. If you would like your
school to host AIP, call (212) 420-3592 .
Related Research and Articles
For articles from peer-reviewed journals, research studies and
authoritative literature, please see the bibliographies in the Suggested
Reading section. Additional information is available through Websites
listed on the Related Links page.
For Questions and Further Information
For questions and further information about music therapy or
referrals for yourself, your loved ones or your patients, please call
(212) 420-2704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.