Music Therapy is the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (www.musictherapy.org)
- Children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Rhett Syndrome, etc.
- Children and adults with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifada
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- The aging elderly with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health Needs
- Client stays on task/maintains attention longer when attending to an art task rather than a non-art task
- There aren’t many other approaches that are effective
- Art-making or art-related tasks appear to be motivating to the client and the client is able to complete tasks and follow directions while engaged with art.
- Client interacts positively with art tools and materials, and is willing to engage with them.
- If experiencing physical pain, the client demonstrates relief from pain through distraction with art, music or sensory techniques (Noted by change in facial expression, deeper breathing, or verbally expressing relief)
- Client demonstrates focus/attention on art-making or art materials.