Music therapy is used with children diagnosed with various developmental disorders. It’s used in the process of developing both fine and gross motor skills, regulating emotion, enhancing cognitive abilities , increasing concentration, developing independence and self-expression, enhancing and developing both speech and social skills, and many more. Music helps the child realize his needs and overcome his fears, which works to achieve the inner balance of children with the environment around them.
What is Music Therapy?
Scientists define music therapy as a systematic and purposefully organized process by assessmenting the child’s needs, and determining treatment goals. It is also one of the main means of influencing treatment and strengthening the relationship between the therapist and the child. In addition to its major role in maintaining physical and mental health, this makes music therapy completely different from other musical activities.
What distinguishes music therapy is that there are no restrictions on children’s age or ability in music therapy. The child does not have to know the musical notes, or musical knowledge. Rather, this therapy is based on the premise that every child, as an adult, can respond to music. Music is one of the first experiences in the life of every human being. In fact, its first auditory communication between the child and the mother is based on the sound, tones. That is, the musical elements, and later on the words.
Children get involved very quickly in spontaneous activities and games, and music encourages children to engage more in the activities. This helps to quickly establish a therapeutic relationship that is used later to enhance and develop verbal skills, so it is always recommended to use this type of therapy, especially for children who have speech impairment. Music therapy is also used for children with developmental disabilities because it is easier and more acceptable than verbal communication seeing that it is clearer than words in communication.
The therapeutic session using music consists of musical activities by playing different instruments, singing stories, dancing, and listening to music. It is used either to calm the child or stimulate his movement and awareness, through the therapist’s management of the therapeutic session while giving the child space within the session to get what he wants. This means that the integrated relationship between the therapist, the child, and the music are the guide for the session.
Parents engagement in the Music Therapy
Parental involvement in the music therapy process with the child depends on the goals of the therapy. If the therapist decides with the family that it is necessary to work with both parents or one parent to achieve some therapeutic goal, the whole family is involved in therapy. If the goal of therapy is to help strengthen the child’s inner self, acquire specific skills on his own, or to solve specific problems, music therapy is performed without the participation of parents.
The origins of music therapy go back to antiquity, when the ancient Greek physiologists recognized music as one of the therapeutic tools, applied it systematically, and predicted the various effects of music on the physical health or mental state of a person. People’s understanding of how music affects human health went through many stages until finally methods of music therapy were developed, and music therapy research proved the effectiveness of this therapy, and today the profession of music therapist is also recognized in many countries.
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