Music therapy is an evidence-based expressive therapy method that can be used to help with a wide range of conditions, such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), depression, and even cardiac conditions. One doesn’t need a music background to participate and benefit from music therapy.
Music therapy sessions can involve listening, singing, playing instruments, and composing music. It can be used to accomplish a variety of health and educational goals, such as:
Developing fine motor skills
Developing hand-eye coordination
Promote overall wellness
Music therapy is used to help with specific conditions, such as:
Mood and anxiety disorders
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
How Music Therapy Works
Before starting music therapy, the therapist will want to learn all about the patient's needs and strengths, as well as their background in music. With children, it usually involves a consultation with the child’s parents and other doctors and care teams.
The music therapist is going to want to know about a child’s:
Executive functioning skills
Social functioning skills
Overall emotional well-being
Trauma history and triggers
This information will help the therapist develop a treatment plan that considers the child’s unique needs and goals. In addition, the therapist will want to know about any previous musical background, skills, preferences, and interests. This will help the therapist create engaging sessions for the child to help them reach their goals.
During music therapy, the therapist and the child will do one or more of the following activities:
Listen to music
Move to music
Play an instrument
Benefits of Music Therapy
There are many benefits of music therapy. It can help support social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
Improve communication skills
Help people connect with others
Increased sense of control
Assist with self-expression
Allow for expression of emotions
Assist with the development of fine motor skills
Assist with the development of gross motor skills
Improve gait and speech skills
Music Therapy and Neurodiversity
Music therapy is a proven treatment for a range of neurodiversity conditions. Music therapy is a versatile therapy method that can be used to treat various conditions and can be adapted to accommodate many different abilities and needs.
One of the best things about music therapy is that it can meet your child where they are at. It can then be used to help your child reach their fullest potential.
Music therapy can be used to improve skills in a variety of areas, such as:
Music therapy, when used to treat neurodiversity, such as ASD, involves using specific ASD strategies such as prompting, picture schedules, and reinforcement alongside traditional music therapy techniques.
Music therapy can provide one with familiarity, consistency, and structure, which is very important for the learning styles of people with conditions such as ASD. It can be a great hands-on way to learn specific skills.
Learn How Music Therapy Can Assist Your Child
Music therapy is a proven method that can be an important part of a treatment plan for ASD, ADHD, executive dysfunction, social-emotional delays, and other neurodiverse conditions.
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