Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the use of music to achieve non-musical goals. Music Therapists work in schools, day care centers, supported living facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol programs, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospice programs, and in private practice.


What services do you provide?

My area of expertise is with individuals with developmental disabilities. I was employed as a full-time music therapist at the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) from 2008 through 2015. The majority of children on my caseload were diagnosed with autism, but I’ve had success with a wide range of disabilities. I provide one-on-one sessions in the comfort and familiarity of clients’ homes.


 What does a typical music therapy session look like?

There is no “typical” music therapy session. Individual session plans are based on each individual client’s goals. Goals are determined collaboratively by you (the parent) and me (the music therapist). Possible goal areas can include:

Academics
…letter identification, phonemic awareness, sight words, reading comprehension, number identification, one-to-one correspondence, skip counting, money skills…

Language
…requesting, describing, commenting, yes/no questions, wh questions, building vocabulary, utilizing augmentative communication…

Speech
…oral-motor skills, targeted letter sounds, multi-syllable words or phrases, length of utterance…

Motor
…fine motor skills (occupational therapy) and gross motor skills (physical therapy)…

Social
…greetings, conversational skills, turn taking, following rules, social norms, etiquette…

Quality Of Life
…leisure skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy, confidence, creativity, joy…

EXAMPLES HERE!


How do I know if my child will benefit from music therapy? 

The only way to know for sure is to try. Contact me for a free initial consultation.

Music Therapy