Music Therapy is the clinical- and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005) It is also an allied health profession which uses the therapeutic use of music to affect changes in behavior, cognitive skills, social/emotional skills, psychological, language skills, and sensory motor skills. Musical and non-musical modalities are designed to hit target areas that are individualized for each student.
Before entering into the music therapy program, all students are required to participate in a music therapy assessment in order to determine the best treatment plan. The assessment procedures will take the form of primarily music-based experiences designed to present tasks in the major functional skill areas (communication, cognitive/academic, perceptual-motor, emotional/affective, social/interpersonal), as well as musical skills, interests, and preferences. The therapist may request to observe the individual working in the home or in educational settings as well. Assessments are also available on a consultation basis for other organizations for the purposes of assisting in psychological, educational or medical diagnosis, or to document a rationale for third-party reimbursement or special education services.
Acceptance of a client for treatment is contingent upon the determination that the therapeutic needs can be effectively addressed in this setting and that music therapy is an appropriate treatment medium for the client. A music therapy assessment (required) is implemented at the first meeting of individual therapy. Treatment goals are formulated at this time and over the course of the first 1-3 sessions. Treatment evaluation and written progress reports are provided on a regular basis (typically every 3 months or 10 sessions) or per request of the client, parents, or other direct care givers, payment providers, or the therapist. Clinical records are maintained and treated as confidential information. Weekly data sheets may be view upon request by those approved by the parent, guardian and/or client. Upon establishing treatment, the client is committed to a minimum of 3 months of treatment, unless otherwise agreed.
Contact Kim Weiss, MT-BC, WMTR at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an assessment, discuss fees, and ask questions.