Music Infused Therapy

Treatment to help your child with language, motor skills, social skills, and emotional development

What Does A Music Therapist Do?

What Is The Difference Between Music Therapy and Music-Infused Speech/Occupational Therapy?

How Does Always Keep Progressing Help My Child?

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Music Therapy 

Music Infused Therapy

Music is like food for our brains. Did you know? Science has shown that music can be physically and biologically powerful, and musical behaviors of all kinds (playing and/or listening) can have lasting effects on our brain function.

Music strengthens emotional communication, stimulates language development, enhances gross and fine motor skills, teaches social skills, increases brain plasticity. Studies have shown that music-based therapies are extremely effective in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disorders, as well as typically developing children!

Here at AKP, we offer a variety of programs that can benefit children using the power of music. Scroll down to find out more!

What is a Music Therapist?

What Does A Music Therapist Do?

A music therapist (MT) is a highly trained healthcare professional, who is licensed to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Music therapists assess physical health, social functioning, communication skills, cognitive skills, and/or emotional health of clients through responses to music and instruments. They are certified to design music programs for clients in the form of private sessions or group sessions. These sessions consist of using receptive music listening, discussing lyrics, discussing music and imagery, performing music, improvising, and writing songs. Music therapists can work in outpatient clinics, medical hospitals, rehabilitative facilities schools, private practice, and more. A music therapist is qualified to practice music therapy if they complete an approved bachelor’s degree and national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists are credentialed as Music Therapist, Board Certified (MT-BC).

What Is The Difference Between Music Therapy and Music-Infused Speech/Occupational Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of musical interventions to work toward accomplishing therapeutic goals for children and people of all ages. It is an established health profession, in which music and instruments are used to address emotional, cognitive, social, and physical needs of individuals. Therapy must be completed by a credentialed professional, who is extensively trained and has completed an approved music therapy program. The board certified music therapist develops a music therapy treatment plan specific to the individualized needs of each client. Music therapy can be done privately or in groups. Music therapy interventions can include receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, imagery, singing, music performance, improvisation, learning through music, music with other forms of art, relaxation, patient education, movement, etc. The clinical practice of music therapy may treat clients in the areas of developmental, rehabilitative, habilitative, medical, mental health, wellness care, or educational areas.

Music-infused speech or occupational therapy is therapy that targets the speech or occupational therapy goals in your child’s program book, while also incorporating musical instruments and music-infused approaches into the sessions. If parents express an interest in this, our therapists design creative activities to incorporate music in sessions to improve attention, increase motivation, and enhance their progress in speech therapy and occupational therapy.

How Can Always Keep Progressing’s Music Programs Help My Child?

An occupational therapist (OT) is a highly trained healthcare professional, who is licensed to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults who have disabilities or difficulty participating in their “occupations” or everyday life activities. For children, their “occupation” includes playing, learning, going to school, and other activities of daily living. For the young adult, this could include participating in school, community, or the workplace.

An occupational therapist specializes in treating the following areas:

 

  • Fine motor/bilateral coordination skills
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Self care skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Handwriting skills
  • Attention/executive functioning
  • Social/pragmatic skills
  • Visual motor/visual perceptual skills
  • Self regulation skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Play skills
  • Sensory integration/motor planning

What’s next

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Firstly, we want to assure you that there is no need to worry. We are here to guide you through every step of the way and help you to find the support that your child needs! If you feel that your child is in need of our services, you will follow four major steps: book a free consultation, complete the intake form, schedule the initial evaluation, and schedule treatment sessions.

Each step of this process is very important, and can get complicated when using insurance. We specialize in working with insurance, and are here to walk you through the process and make things as easy and pain-free as possible!

Of course, if you are opting to use private pay, these steps will be simplified.

1. Consultation

You can book a free consultation with one of our speech therapy specialists by clicking the button in the top right corner! A consultation consists of listening to your concerns, getting some information about payments/insurance plans, and walking you through next steps. Most of the time, we can complete the consultation with you right then and there!
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2. Intake Form

Complete our intake form and provide us with a detailed case history. Usually, we are able to complete the intake form with you during our consultation call. This information allows us to secure your child’s spot, create your child’s profile in our system, and helps therapists to prepare for the right evaluation materials for your child.

3. Evaluation

Once we have verified your insurance and received necessary documents, such as a doctor’s referral order (some insurances require authorization for evaluations, and some don’t), you will be all set to start! Our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will contact you right away to schedule your initial evaluation based on your availability. Following the evaluation, we will formulate a personalized plan of care and call/meet with you to define your child’s goals and type/duration/frequency of treatment.

3. Treatment

Once all documents are in place and your insurance approves services, our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will call to schedule treatment sessions at times that suit you and begin your child’s journey towards success!

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