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Music Therapy

Our music therapists are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The Music Therapists in the Play Educate team have completed a certified university course in music therapy and maintain continuous development of skills and current practices through ongoing professional development approved by the AMTA.

Often people shy away from creative processes because they feel they aren’t artistic, musical or creative enough. You don’t need to be musical to experience the benefits of music therapy.

The Play Educate qualified music therapists provide musical experiences designed for their clients in a face-to-face setting or via Telehealth based on the clients goals.

As part of the team they work Collaboratively with our other mental health therapists and have the abilities and experience to work across the full age span from newborns young children, tweens, teens, adults through to older adults.

music can have an effect on people’s behaviours, feelings and thoughts. Music therapists use their training and musical ability to help clients achieve goals in a safe and creative way, often able to engage children who find other forms of communication challenging. Concerns that may lead a parent to try music therapy for their child may include anxiety, difficulty engaging in social or community activities, wanting improved understanding of communication, wanting growth in communication, improved gross motor function/ movement, improving mood, understanding feelings, emotional regulation and creative expression .

 

Who is Music Therapy for?

Most children and adolescents are a good fit for music therapy. Music therapy has been a long standing creative therapy provided in hospitals, schools and community health settings. It is evidence based and it's interventions are wide reaching allowing benefits for many children, teens and families. 

Mothers and babies in NICU access Music Therapy. Play Educate bring Music Therapy into our mothers and Bub programs to teach the skills of how music is a proven method in developing connection and relationship. 

Studies, including a 2004 study published in the  the Journal of Music Therapy found that music therapy programs with children and teens with ASD have successful outcomes in the areas of: 

  • improve therapy engagements,
  • social skills and behaviours,
  • broaden attention duration,
  • improve emotional regulation,
  • reduce anxiety.
  • improve communication and attempts at communicating with others (sounds/vocalisations, verbalisations, gestures, and language pragmatics), 
  • improve gross and fine motor skills.
  • improve friendship development 

Research outcomes show us that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as well as other Neurodiversities, respond positively to music. Allowing goals to be meet in a creative and enjoyable way, in line with their NDIS plans, and also goals parents and the child wishes for themselves too.