Does my child need to have musical skills to do music therapy?
No, your child does not need to have musical skills to participate in music therapy or to join our school-readiness program. However, your child does need to have some musical skill to start music lessons.
What should I expect in music therapy?
Your child will be involved in interactive music with the therapist. This may include singing, movement and playing musical instruments. Sessions are 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the need of each client. Please do not hesitate to ask the therapist about what is happening during the session, but we would appreciate it if this is done after the session ends rather than during the session.
How many music therapy sessions will my child need?
The length of therapy depends on the goals and how your child responds to the intervention. We generally recommend weekly sessions for at least 10 weeks. Some children attend for 1 – 2 years and we develop progressive goals as your child achieves new milestones.
What is your cancellation policy?
If your child is unable to attend a session we ask that you give us 24 hours’ notice. Email or call us and we will do our best to find an alternate time. A 50% cancellation fee is charged if less than 24 hours’ notice is given.
Please note that the school-readiness program is booked on term by term basis and this program is non-refundable if sessions are missed.
Can I use my ‘Helping Children with Autism’ (HCWA) funding for music therapy?
Yes, Sound Expression is part of the Autism Assist Consortium and music therapy can be accessed through your HCWA funding. To do this, we need a copy of your HCWA Letter of Offer and a referral letter from your child’s psychologist, occupational therapist or speech pathologist.
Please note that cancellation fees cannot be claimed through HCWA – you will need to pay cancellation fees privately.