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Who Can Music Therapy Help?
Although a wide number of people can benefit from Music therapy, clinical practice and research have identified a number of client groups for whom such intervention may be particularly indicated. These include both children and adults with a range of special needs, those with problems and disorders of communication, and individuals with both acute and enduring physical and mental health problems, those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse, and people with terminal illness.
The majority of individuals that we work with have additional support needs. This includes children and adults with a variety of needs including:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Learning Disability
- Profound and Multiple Disability
- Mental Health Problems
- Life-Limiting Illnesses
- Cerebral Palsy
- Acquired Brain Injury
The starting point for any music therapy work depends on the needs and abilities of each person. Emotional, cognitive and developmental needs can be addressed through interactive music making within the security of a therapeutic relationship. Commonly identified goals can include the following:
- The key to all progress, whether verbal or non-verbal.
- Learning to listen and to be listened to.
- Gaining confidence to use one’s own abilities to the best effect in order to make rewarding relationships and friendships with others.
Development of Social Skills
- Increasing awareness and tolerance of others.
- Learning how to relate positively to others in group and individual situations.
- Experiencing sharing, taking turns, leading, and accepting leadership from others.
Developing a positive and creative means of expressing feelings that, for whatever reason, may not be put into words. These may range from anger, sadness and frustration to joy, acceptance and peace. This work may particularly support those who have experienced bereavement, anxiety or abuse, who are emotionally disturbed or have challenging behaviour.
Developing individuality, self-awareness, motivation, confidence, initiative and creativity.
Promoting normal stages of development at appropriate levels, e.g. developing auditory, tactile, visual awareness; reaching, grasping and manipulating instruments; attention, concentration and memory.