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 doesn’t always help kids talk. It won’t always remove problem behaviors. And it isn’t a foolproof way to help your child improve in school. I’m a Music Therapist, so why would I say this? Because I’m being completely honest. What Music Therapy Will NOT Do Music Therapy doesn’t cure cancer. It doesn’t take away mental..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
We were recently featured on KSL and in the Deseret News for our work with students at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Music Therapy is so powerful in special education–here’s why. Click here for the Original Article in the Deseret News Click here for the KSL Story Photo credit to Ravell Call, Deseret News..
One of the key elements of early intervention services is empowering parents with skills to help their child at home. Music should be one of those skills! One of the benefits of utilizing music therapy in early intervention is that the parents can gain practical ideas on how to use music in the home. Using music consistently and..