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Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a systematic process of intervention wherein the therapist helps the client to promote health, using music experiences and the relationships that develop through them as dynamic forces of change. The Easter Seals Music Therapy Program works to engage children with significant physical and/or cognitive challenges and provides them with an opportunity for self-expression, creativity, socialization and enjoyment. Music Therapy is designed to provide a very positive experience for the students, which often results in it achieving goals in the areas of physical therapy, cognitive and language skills and fine motor and auditory skills, and emotional regulation in addition to basic skill development in music. In order to coincide with individual physical therapy goals, the music activities may be structured to reinforce rhythmic motor patterns, such as hand clapping, arm raising, or use of whatever body parts need exercising or increased functionality for the child. Cognitive and language skills are reinforced through music activities that focus on motor imitation, sound reproduction and vocal response songs. Cognitive skills are also improved through participation in songs which involve concepts such as following directions, sequencing, contrasts and opposites and improvement of short and long-term memory skills. Adaptive instruments and techniques are used to allow children opportunities for success in music, as well as gaining various gasping and holding skills. Music Therapy is sometimes incorporated at large school events to highlight the successes of the students.

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