Music Therapy

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Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualifed music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who fnd it difcult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its efectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. (From http://www.musictherapy.org/about/quotes/)

Music Therapy can help improve:

  • Self-image and body awareness
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Auditory perception
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to use energy purposefully
  • Interaction with peers and others
  • Attending behavior
  • Independence and self-direction

Music Therapy can also:

  • Reduce maladaptive behaviors, such as compulsive, assaultive, disruptive, perseverative, and/or impulsive behaviors
  • Enhance emotional expression and adjustment
  • Stimulate creativity and imagination

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