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Our therapists identify the abilities of each client and focus the research-based interventions to work on non-musical goal areas.  Our purpose is to have the client not only be successful within a session, but to carry over the desired skills to everyday life outside of music therapy. Your Music Speaks board certified music therapist communicates with the parents, case managers, teachers, other therapists and caregivers to help the child improve skills and enhance development of abilities.

Who can benefit from music therapy?

 If the child is experiencing, but not limited to:

  • Difficulty focusing attention
  • Delayed speech or nonverbal
  • Hyper-activity
  • Abnormal learning environment
  • Difficulty socializing
  • Physical impairment
  • Emotional instability

What will the music therapist work on with the child?

Goal areas differ for each child, and one goal may be focused on and achieved first in order to succeed at a future goal.

To work on impulse control the therapist might provide an instrument to the child with instructions to play only during a chorus while remaining still during the verse of a song.  Once impulse control is improved, the therapist might then begin to focus on taking turns and sharing with others.  This can be achieved by exchanging an instrument between one child and another, facilitated and encouraged with music or song intervention.

To work on strengthening core muscles for balance, the therapist may set percussion instruments on the left side of the body with instructions for the child to use the mallet in the right hand, cross body and play the instrument.  Live music is used in a specific manner to facilitate movement.  For such exercises, the therapist will likely work with the child’s physical therapist in order to ensure appropriate exercises are being used with care.

What is a music therapy session like?

Sessions can take place in the child’s home, day care, school, or anywhere that may be appropriate as a therapeutic environment.  Live music with instruments and voice are often used to facilitate the interventions. Music therapy is not often passive and interacting is encouraged.

Interacting with a new therapist may be hard for some children.  Our therapists are sensitive to a wide variety of preferences and personalities and can adapt to any particular challenge.  A hurdle can easily turn into a goal during music therapy.

Sessions can take place 1:1, with parents or siblings, or in a group setting with other children, depending on the goal area.

Contact Music Speaks (563) 249-5781 to find out more information about music therapy with children and how music therapy may be reimbursed.