Music therapy uses music as a tool to encourage development in social, emotional, cognitive learning and perceptual-motor areas. Music can be an effective form of communication, a natural reinforcer, and can provide motivation for practicing nonverbal skills. Most importantly, it enhances self-esteem because almost everyone responds positively to at least some kind of music.
Our music therapist uses interactive musical activities to improve social and communication skills. The session may be one-on-one or in a group. Children typically attend twice a week for approximately 40 minutes, depending on the needs of the child.
Specifically, music therapy helps by:
- Teaching social skills
- Improving language comprehension
- Encouraging the desire to communicate
- Making creative self-expression possible
- Reducing non-communicative speech
- Decreasing echolalia (uncontrolled and instant repetition of the words spoken by another)