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 30-45 minutes duration and are conducted on a weekly basis.
HOW DO I GET my child started?
To start music therapy at Sound Expression, please complete our Music Therapy Referral Form. Once submitted, we will contact you to arrange an Initial Consultation with one of our therapists.