Providing Children Independence to Excel
One of Dignity Now’s main fundraising goals for 2017 is to fund the expansion of Developmental Connection’s Music Therapy program for children with developmental disabilities. Click here for information on our Rock and Rev 2017 fundraiser.
This Music Therapy program employs credentialed therapists who are educated in the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for the client.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
If you are interested in more information about Developmental Connection’s Music Therapy program, contact Cathy Brown at 417-334-8985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.