Assessments and Programme planning:
The assessment process will be conducted during initial music therapy sessions.
Also, since caregivers are the experts in their child, information from the caregivers as to what motivates/encourages the child, child’s musical likes/dislikes and what the child find comforting will be greatly appreciated.
After the assessment, the music therapist will develop individual goals which can be addressed during the sessions. Assessments are ongoing as client’s needs change.
Each individual session will be designed around client’s individual goals, age and endurance.
Typical session will be 20-40 minutes.
Interventions used and objective observations of client’s responses to interventions in each session will be documented.
All the clients’ information documented will be strictly confidential
What Is Music Therapy?
Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) defines Music therapy as “the skilful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.” (www.musictherapy.ca) Music is a non threatening expressive agent that allows people to explore their emotions, lives and relationship through creative experience. Also, because of its engaging nature and because it’s simply fun, music can be used as a “reinforce” for desired responses.
For whom would Music Therapy be beneficial?
People of all ages, abilities and conditions may benefit from music therapy.
Music Therapy can also serve as a stepping stone for the children with special needs who wish to eventually take formal music lessons. Music Therapy helps children to become desensitized to noise and overstimulation by providing fun and motivating music experiences. Sessions also support and encourage each client's unique forms of expression and experience music making in their own unique way. The clients are encouraged to interact and communicate musically, expressing themselves in whatever way they can and choose, moving to the music, using voice and/or musical instruments. Music therapy also builds self-confidence and self-awareness by focusing on the client's strengths.
Examples of Music Therapy goals:
Because music is fun, music is effective in motivating and engaging individuals with special needs to meet academic, social, and/or physical goals in fun and positive way.
The examples of music therapy goals include, but are not limited to:
To provide a safe environment for self-expression and choice-making
To provide opportunities to release stress physically and emotionally through singing, drumming and the use of other instruments
To facilitate communication
To develop/improve social skills
To help acquire/retain academic information
To increase attention span
To improve fine and gross motor skills through the use of musical instruments
To encourage relaxation and calming
To reduce feelings of isolation
*It's important to note that music therapy is NOT the same as musical instruction. If the main goal is to build vocal or instrumental skills, you'll need to find an instructor instead of or in addition to a music therapist.
Are there ways to cover the cost of music therapy sessions?
Music therapy is not usually covered by health care and extended health care plans. There are some exceptions, such as Worksafe BC, ICBC and funding for autism.
MTABC is part of the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation in BC. This group is lobbying the BC government for music therapists and other counselors and therapists to be regulated under the Health Professions Act. Once this is approved, it is anticipated that music therapy services will be approved under private insurance plans.
Funding for children with autism
The Ministry of Children and Family Development will give block funding to parents/guardians which can cover music therapy for children ages six to nineteen years. Music therapy is called an Autism Related Intervention. The family can choose to have the money placed in their account and then pay the therapist directly, or, have the therapist contact the Ministry and send them invoices. At this time, this service ends when the child reaches the age of nineteen years. For further questions, people can contact the Autism Funds Processing Unit at 1-877-777-3530.
Funding for Head Injury
Some individuals with a head injury can apply for funding through ICBC if they can show pre-morbidity musical involvement.
Other possible sources of funding
Some special needs children may apply for funding through adoption services, and Variety Club and CKNW have been known to fund music therapy, as well. Clients and families usually complete these applications.
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