Music Therapy Sessions

autism-awareness-music-therapy-connections-ni Our Music Therapy sessions offer a creative way to provide therapeutic support for those in need throughout Northern Ireland.

There is no specific format to a typical Music Therapy session. Every client is unique and therefore the music therapist will respond to the clients individual needs and creative direction. As a result, every music experience will match the client’s needs and interests at that present time. Our work is based around the relationship between the individual and the music.

Music therapy sessions can be facilitated in a group format or on an individual basis, in a variety of settings including schools, health clinics, community centres and home visits. Instruments are provided and selected to make every session accessible for all participants.

Our Aims

While the specific aims of a Music Therapy session will ultimately vary from client to client, our professional standards always remains high. During our Music Therapy sessions our goals are to:

  • Offer the highest standard of ethical practice
  • Ensure sessions meet the needs of all
  • Promote the health & well-being of clients
  • Enable clients to freely express themselves
  • Build the confidence of those involved

Goals & Outcomes

  • Basic social skills – turn taking, eye contact, waiting, listening and active participation.
  • Establish relationships and peer interactions.
  • Encourages interactive play.
  • Self-awareness and self-other awareness.
  • Foster a sense of belonging.
  • Improves self-esteem.

  • Increase emotional awareness – provides a safe space for emotional outlet.
  • Enhances awareness of self and environment.
  • Decrease inappropriate behaviours and provides coping mechanisms.
  • Improves self-esteem and self-image.
  • Improves decision making skills.
  • Improves conflict resolution skills.
  • Fosters creativity and imagination.

  • Improves communication – receptive and expressive language skills.
  • Increase attention span/attention to task.
  • Provide sensory stimulation/integration experiences.
  • Reinforce pre-academic and academic skills – counting, colour identification, word recognition, etc.
  • Encourage the use of PEC’s and Makaton sign language

  • Improve motor functioning and skills – movement, range of motion, coordination, muscle control, strength and flexibility, agility, hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, perceptual motor functioning, balance, etc.
  • Decrease sensory sensitivity.
  • Increase relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Improve body awareness.

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