Individual and group music therapy services for all ages and abilities

Music therapy for children with autism primarily aims to support interpersonal relationships, communication skills, psychomotor functions, and promote sensory and emotional regulation. Music as a multi-sensory experience can be used as a means of self-expression for persons with autism. Music therapy interventions can help strengthen areas of the brain necessary for basic and executive function skills. 

As defined by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT, June 2016), Music Therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTAs*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

*Music Therapist Accredited Music therapy can:

  • Facilitate communication, both verbal and nonverbal  

  • Enhance interpersonal relationships

  • Enhance appropriate and integrated sensory and motor development

  • Support emotional regulation

  • Increase focus and concentration

  • Facilitate coping strategies to support stress and anxiety

  • Enhance creative self-expression and promote emotional satisfaction

  • Increase confidence and self-identity

 Personalized interventions may include:

  • Interventions targeting auditory skills: discrimination/sequencing

  • Therapeutic application of guitar, piano, percussive instruments etc.

  • Creative movement to music

  • Exploration & improvisation of small percussive & melodic instruments

  • Structured simple sequence musical games with visual reinforcers

  • Vocal improvisation & vocal exploration

  • Songs/interventions targeting speech development

  • Weekly Hello & Goodbye songs providing ritual and routine

  • Song writing for self-expression

  • Child created/guided musical and therapeutic play

  • Positive Behavior Support/ behavior management techniques

  • Adapted music lessons for guitar, piano and ukulele

  • Music assisted relaxation

  • Songs/interventions to target educational goals

  • Counselling to support emotional regulation

  • Music listening to familiar and preferred songs to boost mood and self-expression

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