Music therapy programs are individualized for each client, and include assessment, planning, and evaluation, according to the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice. The goals and objectives set for each client depend on the client ís strengths, needs, and musical preferences. Here are a few examples of how music therapy has been implemented in my clinical practice.
E is a five year old girl who has Down Syndrome. One of her goals is to improve her motor skills.
In a group of kindergarten students we work on both fine and gross motor skills.
M is an older gentleman who has a non-Alzheimer's type of dementia.
The boys in the Learning to Learn group have goals to increase their reading and spelling skills.
W is an 8-year old boy who is learning how to express emotions appropriately.
D is a young man who has cerebral palsy and can not speak. Dís music therapy has a goal of increased communication.
S is an adult who has aphasia as a result of a stroke. Many of her speech goals are met in music therapy.
R is a college student who is nervous about his upcoming graduation.
With a group of 8 to 11 year old boys who have autism, social skills are a primary goal.
E is a 9-year old boy who is multiply impaired. Increased confidence is a goal for him.
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