Music therapy is a form of treatment that uses music to treat certain problems. Music therapy may help a child:
Music affects many senses and involves the child at many levels. This is called a "multi-modal approach". The effect of music depends on pitch, volume, harmony, melody, and rhythm.
The music therapist first observes how the child behaves and interacts with others. The therapist looks at:
The therapist plans a treatment program that may involve singing, listening, moving, playing, and other creative activities.
Music therapists may work with healthcare providers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and speech/language pathologists. Music therapists may also suggest ways to use music with the child at home.
For more information, call the American Music Therapy Association at 301-589-3300 or visit their Web site: http://www.musictherapy.org