Music Therapy

At SLS we are pairing the Benefits of Music Therapy with Speech and Language Therapy to Allow a Fun, Multisensory Experience!!

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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.

 


Music Therapy Can Be Designed to Address the Following Areas:  music

Social:

Children are presented with the opportunity to play multiple instruments, and multiple genres of music together in a group setting, sharing, playing together, and interacting through music. They are encouraged to explore the dynamics of playing in a group, singing together, taking turns and further developing self awareness and awareness of their peers through music. 

 

Communication:

Music as a universal language often imitates through sound how we communicate with speech. We can use singing as a motivational support system that further engages children to practice the skills they are already acquiring though speech and language pathology.  We will work on, pronunciation, breathing, motor planning for speech production through singing. Children are also encouraged to take the group opportunity to explore different methods of communication with their peers, i.e. using body language to imply "I can hear what you're playing and I like it!"  Or using the instrument they are playing to communicate through sound and dynamics, "I am going to play soft to reflect that I would like the group to play soft with me". 

 

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Emotional:

Music is a creative form of expression for a lot of our clients expressive language is a challenge and the opportunity to express our feelings isn't always present.  Music therapy provides a safe space in which children can validate their feelings through music and sound i.e. Johnny feels sad today, instead of hiding in a corner Johnny can use the supportive and therapeutic environment in group to play what his sadness may sound like on the drum, guitar, piano etc. Through singing, and vocalizing children not only work on their speech and language goals to further their skills they are also building on self esteem and self awareness through being heard and having "a voice" in group.    

 

Sensory:

Music is a multi-sensory experience and so the auditory, visual, and tactile senses are constantly working to process the musical encounter.  These experiences provide children with the opportunity to develop heightened auditory, visual and tactile awareness.  Through listening, watching and playing children are gaining a completely integrated and "immediate gratification" sensory experience.  Music also provides children with the opportunity to develop slight tolerance over a long period of time to certain sounds, or textures that may be presently less than tolerable. 

 

How does a Music Therapist pair with Speech and Language Therapy?

At SLS both the Speech and Language Pathologist and Music Therapists will assess social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills and develop treatment plans based on strengths and weaknesses and learning styles. Both individual and group therapy sessions are available.

 

Benefits:

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  • Children are encouraged to interact within a social environment group setting, sharing instruments, taking turns and listening to one another.
  • Through singing children are working to further develop their speech and language skills, singing in full sentences, working on breathing, pronunciation and singing at appropriate volume levels with and to one another.
  • Through music therapy children are presented with an opportunity to express themselves creatively and to further explore their emotions within a safe therapeutic environment.
  • Music therapy serves as a multi-sensory experience, completely engaging children with an integrative therapy model.

 

Who is Qualified to Practice Music Therapy?

Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).

 

Is there Research to Support Music Therapy?

AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music TherapyMusic Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy.

 

About our Therapist

Jennifer Lentz is an MT-BC, Music Therapist-Board Certified.  She got her inspiration to help others from her younger sister who has Down syndrome and feels it important that clients have fun while getting much learning and work done.  She uses music as the tool (singing, song-writing, moving, and playing instruments.)   Jen graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy with a voice (classical soprano) concentration and her clinical internship took place at Bethany Children's Home.  Since 2004, this artist and clinician has had her credentials from the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  She has facilitated individual, small group and large group music experiences since 1998 for a wide variety of populations which include those having Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders, infancy to older adulthood.  Jen is dedicated to working within the Standards of Clinical Practice and Code of Ethics put forth by the American Music Therapy Association and likes to keep the joy with music each session while working on individually tailored non-musical and musical goals/objectives which cover all aspects of health, cognitive/academic, physical, emotional, and  psychological.  This MT-BC is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance, does on-going continuing education to keep up with the latest music therapy strategies/techniques and likes to perform (voice), take walks, and attend concerts/shows/movies.

 

 

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We encourage parents and children to learn more about music therapy at www.musictherapy.org.

Call now to schedule an initial consultation 508-757-6981.