Increase communication, interaction and self expression
Develop a sense of awareness of self and others
Provide emotional support
Develop skills such as listening, sharing and turn taking
Develop coordination and motor control
Increase self confidence
How does music therapy meet these aims?
Music can be a great motivator, and can be used to promote developmental work. For example involvement in creative music making encourages physical awareness, and develops attention and memory.
Individual sessions – referred clients
The client is encouraged to use a variety of tuned and untuned instruments to find their own personal ‘voice’, and to develop listening, communicating and relating. The therapist accompanies and supports the client in this development.
A shared understanding is built between client and therapist, through spontaneously created music making; this informs the aims and intentions for the therapy
Key workers support the client in the sessions: this may involve active participation in the music making, sitting quietly and observing the musical interactions between client and therapist, or a combination of the two