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 At The Music Place, clients with all levels and any type of special needs are welcome. They are served by Board Certified Music Therapists and/or Adaptive Music Teachers.  For clients with sustained attention, small music therapy groups for social engagement or Adaptive Music Lessons focusing on learning to play specific instruments are also available.  See this page for more about adaptive lessons.

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What is Music Therapy?

What is Music Therapy?

"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

Although a client may learn to sing, read or play music within a music therapy session, the goals of the session are clinical and based on the individual needs of the clients. Based on information gathered by our Music Therapist during the first few sessions as well as from the client's medical diagnoses and or personalized goal plans (such as an IEP), Music Therapists create individualized goals that may address a wide variety of clinical needs.

What does a session look like? 

With nearly 1000 hours of clinical experience, board certified therapists are trained to use various musical "interventions" to discover the best way for music to engage your unique child. They may use guitars, song, keyboards, drums and/or other music instruments to make music with your child in a way that builds on their own innate love for music to reach individualized goals. NOTE: Our music therapy approach is almost opposite the ABA approach which addresses behavior externally through form and structure. Music therapy, on the other hand, allows the child to express himself freely because it stems from his internal love for music (and often quite apart from the pressure of form and structure.) 

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Music has long been known to be a source of healing to mankind. Now, great musicians with compassionate hearts are being extensively trained to use multiple tools  (called "interventions") to bring assistance to those of all ages, abilities and disabilities. 

Since Music therapy can address, cognitive, social, emotional, speech, motor, memory and behavioural issues, almost anyone with needs in these areas can be served effectively by music therapy. 

At The Music Place, the greatest percentage of our clients are from in the population of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but we have also served those with other diagnoses such as Williams syndrome, Down's syndrome, Alzheimer's, schitzophrenia, depresson, cerebral palsy, agoriphobia and more.  Our team has a wide range of training and work together to share ideas to provide the most effective care possible.

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