Death is hard to process, and grief is hard to communicate. For an individual with special needs the challenges of grief are different, and music can play a significant role in working through those challenges head on. As I arrived at the Day Program for Adults with Special Needs this week, a lot of the..
Music Therapy success stories are an everyday experience for us, but we realize that most people are not aware of the impact music therapy has on the lives of so many kids with Autism. So we’re sharing this one with you. Last year I was approached about working with a nine year old client..
Being a Music Therapist in a Behavioral Health setting presents both challenges and deeply meaningful moments. Here are just two examples of what patients expressed about music therapy during one of our days at the hospital. Reality Orientation with Music Therapy A patient came to my High Acuity group who had been in the..
Music Therapy in mental health settings has a tremendous impact on patients. Here is just a glimpse of what might happen in a typical day of music therapy at a behavioral hospital. Geriatric Group In my Geriatric group, everyone who was present for the session was engaged by playing instruments, participating in the themed word..
It can be difficult to understand the differences between all of the options for “music health”. Here is a straightforward comparison of Music Therapy vs. Genote to help you make an informed decision based on your needs. Music is all around us. We all need it, we are all drawn to it, and most of..
Occasionally organizations are unsure whether it would be best to contract or hire a music therapist. Here are some of the pros and cons of each to help you decide what’s best for you. When you are deciding whether to contract or hire a music therapist, you also need to consider what is best for..
The difference between a Kindermusik educator and a Board Certified Music Therapist becomes evident when working with children who need extra developmental support. Not that one approach is better or worse than another, but each simply serves a different purpose. We are always thrilled to learn about children who benefit from community music classes such..
I was asked to be a guest lecturer recently for Social Work graduate students at the University of Utah. I presented an overview on music therapy to give these students a broad picture of what music therapists do, who they work with, their scope of practice, and clinical applications. For anyone who is interested in..
Learned Helplessness is the theory that depression and anxiety compound and worsen when an individual feels that they have no control. Here’s how music therapy can help. I remember her clearly. I read through her chart and prepared my clipboard. As I walked into her room I was overwhelmed by the heaviness she seemed..
The importance of playing with our kids cannot be overstated. Play is the foundation of connection for a child, and the more connected a child feels the less often power struggles arise. But it can be difficult for parents to take time to do play because we think differently from our children so much of..