Music therapy can help clients increase socialization skills by increasing the motivation and it has been shown through research to help with enhancing interpersonal relationships.
Music therapy has been shown to decrease anxiety, improve self-esteem, reduce muscle tension, and provide a successful and safe emotional release for clients, among other emotional goals.
Music provides a grounding and predictable space. Music therapy can provide the skills to allow clients to self regulate in this predictable space.
Music therapy targets communication goals in a fun and motivating way. It can help with articulation, breath control/ support, vocabulary, and overall language development.
Holding a mallet to play a drum or jumping along to music are just some examples of how music therapy can help develop motor skills. Because music is inherently motivating, addressing physical needs often is so fun that the client doesn’t even realize how hard they are working!
In music therapy we use the child's interests in interventions to help them lengthen their attention span during the session. As their brain becomes accustomed to longer focus, they will be able to attend better in other areas.
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