"Music Therapy is so important to my son. He would rather skip a planned family event rather than skip his therapy with Heather." - Parent
"I am highly impressed with the program of music therapy and by Heather as a therapist! We value the time our son has in therapy. Heather keeps me completely updated about her plans and goals for him and incorporates life skills into their sessions for his benefits. She also listens to his individual desires such as picture taking and set up an opportunity for him to do so. I've seen the production of Aladdin and was impressed by what she does with all of her clients. I appreciate Heather's diligence especially when she says she will do something, she does it. She seems to be a definite advocate for him, which makes me feel like I could really trust her. Very pleased!" - Parent
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the evidence-based used of music interventions to work on non-musical goal areas by a credentialed professional. Music therapist have completed a music therapy program at a credentialed university or college, completed their six-month internship, and passed the boards certification exam. Music therapy is an established health profession which uses music to address a variety of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the individual.
After an assessment of strengths and need areas is completed then a treatment plan will be completed. Music Therapist use a variety of instrumental and vocal interventions to improve functioning and facilitate changes that contribute to quality of life.
Music interventions may include:
· Music improvisation
· Instrument play
· Dance and movement activities
· Structured music listening
Music Therapy Provides Opportunity for:
· Expressive communication
· Receptive communication
· Enhance auditory processing
· American Sign Language
· Gross motor skills
· Fine motor skills
· Sensory integration
· Social interaction
· Joint Attention
· Interpersonal skills
· Academic skills
· Emotional recognition
· Social stories may modify target behaviors