Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.

After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the 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 find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness 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.

– American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

To initiate services, our Board Certified Music Therapist completes a formal assessment, within a group setting or on an individual basis, according to need. Our therapist then crafts goals for such interventions including, but not limited to, music and relaxation, movement to music, active music-making with hand percussion and singing, and musical motivation for participation in daily routines. All follow-up treatment sessions are goal-oriented and individual-specific to allow for maximum participation; treatments are conducted in collaboration with our staff, other therapists, friends, peers, and family members within our Adult Training Facility, in the home or in the clinic.

Our therapist strives to positively connect our individuals with others through music, facilitate engagement in meaningful and purposeful tasks, and improve quality of life.

One woman playing the guitar while another with disabilities listens
Woman with disabilities playing the guitar
One woman playing the guitar while another with disabilities listens

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