Special Needs Learning Hub

Our intent is to provide the latest and greatest info on music therapy with children, teens, and adults. If you have a question you would like to see answered here, don't hesitate to ask!

Ask a Question About Music Therapy

Music Therapy in Special Education: Data from Utah Schools

The data speaks for itself when considering the impact of music therapy in special education. Here is some data from Utah Schools. We have seen some exciting gains from students receiving music therapy in various school settings in Utah. Harmony Music Therapy has provided music therapy services in a variety of school settings including public..

5 Reasons to Include Music Therapy in Special Education

Music Therapy in special education has a huge impact on students. It lights up students who are otherwise closed off, it teaches students who are otherwise stuck, and accelerates learning for those with learning delays.  We have seen incredible student progress using music therapy in a variety of school settings, including those with severe and..

Music Therapy in Early Intervention: Case Study with a 2 Year old Boy with Seizures

In music therapy we were able to celebrate and maximize what this boy COULD do rather than focus on his disabilities. During music therapy he connected with his peers and showcased more of his true self. The director of an early intervention program approached me about adding an additional student to our music therapy group. The..

What is music therapy and how does it work?

What is music therapy and how does it work? Good question. Here’s a simple answer. This is a somewhat difficult question to answer because music therapy can look very different based on who you’re helping. But for our purposes here, I will answer it based on our work here at Harmony Music Therapy, which focuses..

The Power of Collaboration: Speech and Music Therapy

Power comes with collaboration. Speech and Music Therapy fit together beautifully! Here’s how. Speech therapy is a well known and typically well understood approach to help children with special needs develop language. Music therapy, however, is less well known, but incredibly effective in promoting language development. So it is only natural that two therapists would..

3 Ways Music Therapy Helps Autism

Can music therapy help Autism? The answer is a resounding YES! When somebody asks me how music therapy helps someone with Autism I like to break it down to highlight the most common needs for someone who has Autism, which are: Sensory processing Social Skills Communication So how does music therapy help with these areas?..

Getting the Words Out: Using Music to Develop Speech

Does your child struggle to get words out? Do they know what they want to say but can’t form the words? Perhaps this will help. Kids develop speech in a fairly predictable manner, with certain milestones being considered “typical” at certain ages. For example, most babies at 7-9 months may produce more varied sounds such..

Following Directions: How Music Can Help Your Child Hear & Understand

For kids who have a hard time hearing and responding when you give them directions, adding a little music or rhythm can help increase the likelihood that they will hear and understand. It’s important to think of the process of kids “following directions” as involving at least two components. The child hears and understands the..

Top Five Instruments To Use At Home with the Little Ones

Want to create more music at home with your child? Here are our Top 5 favorite instruments for quick at-home play, most of which are $8 or less! Often times people wonder, “what can I do to incorporate music at home?”. Although music therapy is usually only once a week, incorporating music throughout your week..

Top 6 Reasons Parents Hire a Music Therapist

If you’ve ever wondered what music therapy is and if it would really help your child, you’re not alone. We’ve outlined a few of the reasons why parents hire a Music Therapist to give you a better idea of why it is so appealing.   #1 My kid responds so well to music! One of the #1..

If Speech Therapists Help With Speech, Music Therapists Help With...Music?

Have you ever heard the term “music therapy” and wondered what it meant? Well, you’re not alone. The concept of music therapy can be tricky to grasp when you compare it to other mainstream therapies. Speech therapists help with all things speech. Physical therapists help with all things physical. Occupational therapy helps with all things occupational, or..

Helping a Boy with Williams Syndrome: Speech & Music Therapy Collaboration

Speech Therapy and Music Therapy blend together beautifully. Using them in tandem can help children make significant progress! I got a call a few months ago from a Speech Therapist who was working with a 3 year old boy with Williams Syndrome. He was nonverbal and had frequent meltdowns during speech therapy, making it difficult..

A Picture of Music Therapy

Oh, the power of  music therapy! As the sun begins to rise over the mountains, a small child peeks through the blinds, anxiously awaiting her arrival. Where will they go on their adventures today? To the ocean, to the jungle, or to the rings of Saturn’s rays? The doorbell rings. He races to meet her…

Quiz: How Much Will Music Therapy Help Your Child?

If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be worth the effort to get your child involved in music therapy, wonder no more! This quiz is designed to assess the potential benefits of music therapy for your child based on the following: The needs of your unique child How much your child is drawn to music..

Early Childhood: The importance of singing with your children

Whether you have a stellar voice or not, your child wants you to sing! Learn more about using music at home with your child. If there is one thing I cannot emphasize enough about using music at home in early childhood it’s this–you don’t need to be musical!  Many parents hesitate to sing with their children..

Music Therapy in Special Education: Data from Utah Schools

The data speaks for itself when considering the impact of music therapy in special education. Here is some data from Utah Schools. We have seen some exciting gains from students receiving music therapy in various school settings in Utah. Harmony Music Therapy has provided music therapy services in a variety of school settings including public..

5 Reasons to Include Music Therapy in Special Education

Music Therapy in special education has a huge impact on students. It lights up students who are otherwise closed off, it teaches students who are otherwise stuck, and accelerates learning for those with learning delays.  We have seen incredible student progress using music therapy in a variety of school settings, including those with severe and..

Music Therapy in Early Intervention: Case Study with a 2 Year old Boy with Seizures

In music therapy we were able to celebrate and maximize what this boy COULD do rather than focus on his disabilities. During music therapy he connected with his peers and showcased more of his true self. The director of an early intervention program approached me about adding an additional student to our music therapy group. The..

What is music therapy and how does it work?

What is music therapy and how does it work? Good question. Here’s a simple answer. This is a somewhat difficult question to answer because music therapy can look very different based on who you’re helping. But for our purposes here, I will answer it based on our work here at Harmony Music Therapy, which focuses..

The Power of Collaboration: Speech and Music Therapy

Power comes with collaboration. Speech and Music Therapy fit together beautifully! Here’s how. Speech therapy is a well known and typically well understood approach to help children with special needs develop language. Music therapy, however, is less well known, but incredibly effective in promoting language development. So it is only natural that two therapists would..

3 Ways Music Therapy Helps Autism

Can music therapy help Autism? The answer is a resounding YES! When somebody asks me how music therapy helps someone with Autism I like to break it down to highlight the most common needs for someone who has Autism, which are: Sensory processing Social Skills Communication So how does music therapy help with these areas?..

Getting the Words Out: Using Music to Develop Speech

Does your child struggle to get words out? Do they know what they want to say but can’t form the words? Perhaps this will help. Kids develop speech in a fairly predictable manner, with certain milestones being considered “typical” at certain ages. For example, most babies at 7-9 months may produce more varied sounds such..

Following Directions: How Music Can Help Your Child Hear & Understand

For kids who have a hard time hearing and responding when you give them directions, adding a little music or rhythm can help increase the likelihood that they will hear and understand. It’s important to think of the process of kids “following directions” as involving at least two components. The child hears and understands the..

Top Five Instruments To Use At Home with the Little Ones

Want to create more music at home with your child? Here are our Top 5 favorite instruments for quick at-home play, most of which are $8 or less! Often times people wonder, “what can I do to incorporate music at home?”. Although music therapy is usually only once a week, incorporating music throughout your week..

Top 6 Reasons Parents Hire a Music Therapist

If you’ve ever wondered what music therapy is and if it would really help your child, you’re not alone. We’ve outlined a few of the reasons why parents hire a Music Therapist to give you a better idea of why it is so appealing.   #1 My kid responds so well to music! One of the #1..

If Speech Therapists Help With Speech, Music Therapists Help With...Music?

Have you ever heard the term “music therapy” and wondered what it meant? Well, you’re not alone. The concept of music therapy can be tricky to grasp when you compare it to other mainstream therapies. Speech therapists help with all things speech. Physical therapists help with all things physical. Occupational therapy helps with all things occupational, or..

Helping a Boy with Williams Syndrome: Speech & Music Therapy Collaboration

Speech Therapy and Music Therapy blend together beautifully. Using them in tandem can help children make significant progress! I got a call a few months ago from a Speech Therapist who was working with a 3 year old boy with Williams Syndrome. He was nonverbal and had frequent meltdowns during speech therapy, making it difficult..