Music Therapy

Music Therapy aims to use a variety of motivating, music-based activities for purposeful, therapeutic use. It's a research based practice and profession and is an approved allied health intervention under the Helping Children with Autism funding package for social learning and development. You can read the research abstract related to Music Therapy here (If you have access to a university library you will be able to read the full paper). Listen to Tanya McKenna's radio interview on Triple R  to also learn more about Music Therapy.

Music Therapy with Tanya McKenna on Triple R


Goals set with family members may support:

  • Social and emotional learning, such as 
    • Joint attention
    • Face-to-face interaction
    • waiting and taking turns
    • Self confidence
  • Communication Skills, such as
    • Self expression
    • Making choices
    • Following directions
    • Vocalisation/singing
    • Spontaneous/new language

Exposure to carefully planned music may also assist children to cope with sound sensitivities. Music activities can incorporate opportunities for safe movement experiences and support cognitive skills, such as memory, sequencing, body awareness and understanding concepts.

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