Music therapy is an established health-care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music becomes the vehicle for therapy to occur and the foundation for a therapeutic relationship between the child and the music therapist. It is a fun and indirect approach to meeting your child's needs. Music is often the first thing to which a child relates. It is a "universal language" that crosses all cultural lines. Music occurs naturally in our environment in many settings and is a socially appropriate activity and leisure skill. It provides a predictable, time-oriented and reality-oriented structure while offering opportunities for participation at one’s own level of functioning and ability. It should be noted that children with disabilities are not necessarily disabled in their musical skills. Not only may music activities be opportunities for a child to shine, but also they may be used to reinforce nonmusical goals.
Music therapy can improve lives through:
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While the primary focus of music education is on musical skill acquisition, this is not the case with music therapy. Instead, activities are adapted based on each child's unique response to musical stimuli (through auditory, visual or tactile means) to meet specific, individual, nonmusical goals regarding wellness and development. Musical abilities or interests are not the determining factor, which ensure or deter progress in a music therapy session. Rather, any child who can receive musical stimuli through auditory, visual or tactile means and respond in his own unique way can benefit.
Music therapy can provide enjoyable yet purposeful activities and resources for families to share with their children. Families can learn to use music through meaningful play and nurturing experiences. Music therapy may serve as a positive outlet for interaction, providing fun activities that can include parents, siblings and extended family. Often, music therapy allows a family to see a child in a new light as the child's strengths are manifested in the music therapy environment.
Among the benefits of music therapy:
Since music therapists serve a wide variety of persons with many different types of needs, there is no such thing as an overall typical session. Sessions are designed and music selected based on the individual client's treatment plan. Activities may include singing, movement, playing instruments and listening to music. Children play along with music suggested by the therapist or create and explore in their own ways. Music ability does not determine the potential for success in music therapy, which can be of benefit in a variety of areas.
Let's take, for example, id we are playing the drums and singing "If You're Happy and You Know It," these are the skills a child is processing and developing:
We are committed to providing a bridge from therapy to community, offering programs that reach across the gap and provide the steps, support and connection to community activities. Our community bridge consists of five progressive levels, beginning with individual therapy and leading to participatory inclusion in the child's community.
These are the levels of progression:
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