When your child becomes active in music-making, they are personally involved in a musical experience – tempo, rhythm, melody and harmony. Music can engage your child directly regardless of any conditions which restrict their lives.
In music therapy your child is invited to sing, to play on a wide variety of instruments and also to engage in a variety of movement activities with the therapist.
As an established health profession, music therapy creates a therapeutic relationship that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children with special needs through music in a fun, interactive way.
What does music therapy involve?
1. Initial assessment: we discuss with the parents and assess the child within a music therapy setting to determine the child’s current abilities and needs
2. Goal-setting: an individualised program is developed with goals based on the child’s needs.
3. Music therapy sessions: sessions consist of interactive interventions designed to address the music therapy goals. These could include singing, moving to music, playing instruments, improvising through music and song-writing.
4. Evaluation: the program is regularly evaluated to ensure it is meeting the identified goals.
Sessions are 30 minutes duration and are conducted on a weekly basis.
HOW DO I GET my child started?
At Sound Expression, we understand that starting a new therapy can be daunting. To ease the process, we offer a complimentary initial meeting to visit our clinic, meet the therapist and discuss your needs. To start music therapy at Sound Expression, please complete our Music Therapy Referral Form.