Treatment that is based on individual client needs
Motor & Movement
Our therapists are trained to address individualized goals in both the gross and fine motor areas, using the elements of music to facilitate and structure each intervention. This includes evaluating clients that present with needs in gross and fine motor skills and engaging them in therapeutic music experiences to address their goals. Gross motor interventions can target areas such as coordination and balance, range of motion in upper and lower extremities, gait training and adaptive gait/navigation skills, muscle control/strengthening/relaxation, core strength and usage, crossing midline, body regulation/proprioception, vestibular stimulation, and many others. Fine motor skill interventions can also target areas such as various types of grasps (pincer, palmar, tripod), finger isolation and individual strength, dexterity, independent and bilateral use of hands, and numerous additional motor functions.
Social Skills & Behavioral Needs
Our clients often perceive music as an encouraging stimulus during their sessions, and as such, music plays a very important role when addressing social and behavioral goals. Music therapists can design therapeutic experiences to elicit responses on a variety of levels and for a variety of needs, including healthy social interactions and skill development (such as conversation, joint play, turn-taking, sharing) developing emotional awareness/intelligence, engaging in opportunities for self-expression, developing coping skills, increasing frustration tolerance, developing healthy/safe transition behaviors, along with copious additional functional skills within this domain.
Speech & Language
Music is often a gateway to verbal output for many of our clients, lending itself as an engaging medium, and facilitating activity in neurologic pathways that support the main speech and language areas of the brain. Our therapists utilize music in many forms and within varied therapeutic experiences that address needs such as development of functional language, increased verbal output, oral motor coordination and prosodic regulation, recruitment and/or improvement of respiratory faculties to support speech and verbal output, oral motor control for improved articulation and intelligibility, vocal intonation, aphasia, apraxia, in addition to many other speech and language disorders.
With such a captivating modality, music therapists are able to facilitate therapeutic music experiences to address a variety of cognitive abilities and various goals. This includes designing interventions to target needs such as attention skills and abilities, executive functioning (decision making, impulse control, initiating action, planning, organizing), in addition to sensory integration, awareness, and tolerance, cognitive orientation, memory and recall skills, just to name a few potential goal areas.