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.

Post-programme review:

  • Evaluate progress
  • Provide report to parents and other professionals