Music therapy is much more than finding the right song to fit the mood. It is a research-based allied health profession that uses music to help patients achieve nonmusical goals. Music therapy is an innovative and powerful intervention to improve:
- Cognitive skills, such as impulse control
- Social skills, including sharing, turn taking, and social communication
- Motor skills, including both fine and gross motor movements
Music therapy for children with disabilities is especially effective, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Engaging Musical Activities that Build Important Skills
A session of music therapy is a sight to behold. It is an active and engaging experience for children with disabilities. The music therapist designs an individualized session plan that uses music as a medium to develop cognitive, social, behavioral, or physical skills. Sessions can be one-on-one with the therapist or with a small group working on similar goals. Some examples of what this might look like include:
- Playing a miniature drum set to practice motor coordination
- Cued start and stop instrument play to practice impulse control
- Song writing to promote emotional expression
- Songs to teach routines and appropriate social behaviors
Music is naturally reinforcing – and fun! Children often become so engrossed in their musical activity that they hardly notice that they are achieving key developmental milestones. Families often enjoy seeing music therapy and children love the chance to sing, dance, and learn.
Is Music Therapy Right for My Child?
Research supports using music therapy to build nonmusical skills for children of all ability levels. Music therapy is an especially powerful intervention for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Music therapists also commonly work with children with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, developmental delays, and children with significant medical concerns. Each activity is adapted to be appropriate for the individual patient’s needs. Ask about music therapy if your child needs extra support in any of these domains.
No prior musical experience or ability is required. Even children who have never touched an instrument in their lives can benefit from these services. Making music is the method; developing new skills is the goal.
Benefits of Music Therapy for Kids
Music therapy can positively impact almost any developmental area. Whatever the goal, the music therapist creates a musical intervention that delivers meaningful practice opportunities for the patient that are as engaging as they are effective.
Finding the Right Music Therapist
Look for a music therapist that carries an MT-BC credential, indicating they are board certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. This certification means they have met rigorous training requirements, including intensive training in child development, behavior, interventions, and assessment.
Sometimes, children enrolled in other therapies make slow progress. When this happens, music therapists often co-treat with other professionals to increase overall therapeutic effectiveness. Music therapy is particularly powerful when paired with speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. For this reason, look for music therapy in a clinic that also features these allied health professionals.
Why Choose Music Therapy?
- Music therapists use music as a medium to teach important non-musical skills
- Children find music naturally reinforcing, allowing them to learn important skills while singing, dancing, and playing instruments
- Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession
- Music therapists work with children of all ability levels, including children with significant cognitive, social, or physical disabilities
- Music therapists can work with speech, occupational, and physical therapists as a part of a collaborative treatment team
Find a Music Therapist Today!
Children with autism or other developmental concerns are excellent candidates for music therapy. Infinite Therapy Solutions offers collaborative and individualized treatment – click here to learn more about our treatment approach.
If you are ready for your child to take their next developmental leap with music therapy, contact Infinite Therapy Solutions today!