Music Therapy Case Example: 1 Year Old with Down Syndrome
Music Therapy plays a significant role in the development of children with special needs. Here’s how it helped “ignite” the brain of a little boy with Down syndrome.
During a trial session a mother of a young boy with Down’s syndrome was skeptical about pursuing music therapy services. Having a background in special education, she felt confident in her ability to help her son succeed and wasn’t sure about adding “another therapy” to the list.
From the Mom’s perspective
I contribute music therapy to have impacted my son’s growth cognitively, speech, and socially. He is able to do higher level thinking tasks (ex. puzzles). He is more verbal and although he doesn’t perform signs by himself he does understand them when shown to him. Music therapy has given him other peers to watch and learn alongside with who have become friends. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have access to this resource.
From the perspective of the Music Therapist:
- Follow directions with no additional help
- Identify body parts.
- Play instruments
- Share and interact with his peers.
- Develop a personality of laughs, grunts, and adorable giggles!