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Music Therapy, as described/supported by the American Music Therapy Association, It is an established health profession in which music is used within therapy to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. It is conducted by a credential professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Working in collaboration with families, our Music Therapists, using musical responses assesses
your child’s cognitive skills, physical health, social function, emotional well-being and
communication abilities. They then develop a customized treatment plan for you child that might include music improvision, performance and imagery. They also might incorporate receptive music listening, lyric discussion, and even learning through music into sessions.
Positivespychology.com (https://positivepsychology.com/music-therapy-benefits/) in an article by Heather Craig outlines the benefits, goals/objectives, and the effects of Music Therapy. Improving motor function, social skills, emotions, coordination and personal growth (Therapedia,n.d.) are all goals of Music Therapy. Research suggests that communication, social, sensory, physical cognitive and emotional skills can be improved through Music Therapy.
Music Therapy can be used to treat a variety of challenges. Depending on the individual situation it has been found to be helpful in treating children in the following areas:
At the initial appointment, a certified music therapist will work with you to evaluate your child’s needs. They will then develop a plan customized to your child based on specific goals.
The treatment plan will include specific interventions/activities designed to help your child reach the goals that were identified. Throughout the process the therapist will involve you to gather information and provide insight on your child. Face-to-face, home visits and teletherapy appointments are available.