What is music therapy?
Music holds great appeal for young children who are motivated by its rhythm, repetition and interactive nature.
Music therapy draws from these elements of music to align with a child’s early intervention goals.
Music therapy helps children gain mastery of skills within a fun, animated and encouraging musical environment that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
How can music therapy support children at Early Connections?
Typical goals that are funded by NDIS for young children are:
- – Support skill development for communication, fine and gross motor coordination, and cognitive processing
- – Increase social skills
- – Reduce anxiety and enhance self-regulation
- – Reduce challenging behaviors
Meet Isaac Early Connections Music Therapist
“To reach potential it is imperative that support systems are in place to give children the chance to achieve growth and experience meaningful learning and engagement within the community. Music Therapy can be effective in supporting this through early intervention in a diverse range of areas including communication and expression.” Isaac De Heer
Music therapy uses music to support people to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. Music therapists are musicians who have trained at university to understand how music can have an effect on behaviours and how people think and feel. Music therapists can help with communication goals, social goals, movement goals, mood and feelings goals.
I love seeing a child’s face light up when they connect with a particular piece of music that is special for them.” Isaac
What can I expect in a music therapy session?
In a music therapy session people might sing, play instruments, dance, write their own songs and record them, perform, listen and talk about music. Music therapy sessions can be individual or in a group.
Music therapy is a research-based practice where music is used to actively support children’s developmental goals.
Music Therapy – Research based
Music therapy has a long history of working with preschool aged children and their families, particularly those with autism and/or a developmental delay.
Music therapists adopt a relationship-based approach and use flexible improvisation methods to create opportunities for reciprocal interactions, sharing, turn taking, and joint attention within live music making.
Music used therapeutically as the tool for engagement provides unique opportunities for children to interact non-verbally within play interactions.
Providing music therapy within a family-centred framework aims to support both the skill development of the child and the quality of the parent-child relationship, crucial to the child’s ongoing wellbeing and development.
A number of studies have explored the benefits of music therapy with preschool aged children. Studies have highlighted
- – improved social responsiveness
- – child initiated interactions
- – increased gestural and verbal skills
If you would like to find out more contact us for a quick chat
For more information about Music Therapy download the Music Therapy in Disability: Information Booklet from the Australian Music Therapists Association.