Music Therapy

The Goal

One of Dignity Now’s fundraising goals is to increase the funding of the Music Therapy program for people with developmental disabilities.

This program employs credentialed therapists who are educated in the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for the individual.

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 person served, a qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.  Music therapy provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves verbally. 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 persons served 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 Lisa Rowland at 417-335-4135 or by email at [email protected].

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