Initial consultation stage:
- Initial inquiry for therapy (from parent / professional)
- Meeting: parents and me to discuss background information, diagnosis, other professionals involved, and answer questions. Assessments (one or two, depending on requirements) booked in.
- Assessment: client-led Music Therapy session to review ability through pre-selected activities (by therapist to determine communicative, social, emotional and physical developmental levels.
- Report of observations and recommendations provided to parents
- Programme Planning Meeting – goals, programme length 6 or 10 weeks, time of session, and expectations discussed.
Therapy sessions (example for 3-year old and parent):
- 25 or 50 minute contact time
- Same time, place each week
- Choice of multiple instruments (percussion, tuned, woodwind)
- Hello together on the floor with gathering drum, same song each week with use of names and emotional state on that specific day
- Improvisation to promote shared attention and play between child and parent using castanets, recorders and small drum. Supported by myself playing the piano to give a clear musical structure to release anxiety from parent and support the importance to play with no external distractions.
- Familiar Song chosen by child in this example nursery rhyme. Supporting growing confidence and self-awareness that their actions can affect the actions of others.
- Improvisation to encourage child to vocalise and support similar goals from the speech therapist attached to the family. Using vowel like sounds to support muscle memory of mouth, develop a sense of awareness of self.
- Goodbye song which is the same every week although instruments used were chosen by child.
Outside of therapy session:
- Progress Notes are written
- Plan for upcoming session devised
- Re-evaluation of progress towards goals
- Sanitising of instruments.
- Evaluate progress
- Provide report to parents and other professionals