Music Therapy for Developmental Disabilities / Autism

How Can Music Therapy Benefit special needs adults and children?

  • Child on microphone, disabilityIncrease sensory-motor skills,
  • Increase cognitive skills,
  • Improve-social skills,
  • Increase impulse control,
  • Improve self esteem and self control,
  • Improve expressive-receptive language skills,
  • Increase problem solving skills,
  • Improve auditory and visual-motor skills and,
  • Increase ability to identify and communicate feelings appropriately.

Music Therapy: The Art And Science Of Transformation Through A Relationship In Music

  • Child in wheelchair, music therapyMusic therapy is Fun, and often deeply relaxing for body mind and soul.
  • Music Therapy is the art and science of using music to achieve emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Music has been used as a healing tool for over 30,000 years.
  • The vibrations, rhythms, and harmonies of music profoundly affect the human body, and as a result, can produce healing and promote wellness.
  • Music created in the moment and recorded music may be used depending on the needs of the client.
  • Current research shows that music is effective in reducing pain and anxiety related to chronic and acute pain. It also can strengthen the immune system as well as induce deep relaxation and profound meditation.
  • Music Therapy helps people of all ages, backgrounds and conditions lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives.

In the USA, the American Music Therapy Association was started in 1950. Music Therapy helps people of all ages, backgrounds and conditions lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives.

How Creative Music Therapy Works

Little girl with music instrumentsCreative Music Therapy is the art of creating music and rhythm in the moment.

Through observation, and deeply listening to the personal and archetypal metaphor in a person’s life, Kim is able to create music in the moment as an offering of nonverbal communication. Since life itself is an improvisation, musical and rhythmic conversations can be evoked without speaking a word.

In this way music is able to gently transform the human heart, soul and body. The experience is often fun and deeply relaxing as the client listens and actively participates in the process. Recorded music may be used to inspire or support the music therapy process.

Music Psychotherapy – Specialty within Music Therapy

  • Playing the recorder.Music Psychotherapy is an interpersonal process in which the psychotherapist uses music, rhythm, voice, play, creativity in all of its facets physical, mental, emotional, social, aesthetic and spiritual–to help clients improve, restore or maintain health.
  • The focus of music psychotherapy is merging the use of music and the therapeutic relationship to transform the client’s life experience.
  • Music psychotherapy is a process in which the therapeutic relationship is central to creating effective and lasting emotional and behavioral change.
  • Music psychotherapists have advanced training, certification and licensure in psychotherapy and music therapy.

Who it Benefits:

Musicians, Singers and Performing Artists

  • Female physician singing.Geriatric and Well Adults
  • Children or Adults Living with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Chronic and Acute Illness
  • Those Interested in Personal Growth
  • Those experiencing Loss and Grief
  • Children or Adults with Physical Delay or Disability

Why it Works: Music Therapy is research and evidence based

Music Therapy has 50 years of research and evidence based experience to offer. Music Therapy research can be found in the Journal of Music Therapy published by the American Music Therapy Association.

For more information see the following website:
American Music Therapy Association website

Kim McMillin

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Music Therapist
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