What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is performed by a credentialed professional using music intervention to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. It addresses physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. Music therapists may work with children with cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive impairment and many more. It can be done in a group, or individually in the home, clinic or school. Music therapy is not usually paid for by medical insurances, but Kids In Motion offers affordable private pay rates.