The music therapist gathers all relevant information, assesses the child’s abilities and needs, develops an individualized treatment plan, and focuses on functional client goals. Developmental goal areas may address communication, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Music therapy sessions also may support a child in learning new pre-academic concepts and provide an enjoyable environment for learning through music.
Aksana KavaliovaMoussi, Bahrain
The music therapist may attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings at the child’s school and provide reports to parents and school administrators on a regular basis.
Parents about the Music Therapy Process
In Bahrain, a music therapist collaborates with speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavioral therapists, and psychometrists when working with private clients in school settings. This collaboration is necessary for providing individual assessment of each child.
Professionals About Where Music Therapists Work
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imagine 7(1), 2016
In Poland, a music therapist may collaborate with special education teachers during eurhythmics classes to address the child’s needs by a) adjusting the course of action to the child’s development, b) developing child-specific pre-academic concepts, or c) assisting the child with self-regulation. In regular schools, music therapists may support teachers in making the curriculum more developmentally appropriate and enhancing teacher-student communication. A music therapist can support children in their emotional development, creativity, and group involvement. The most famous approach applied is Moblina Rekreacja Muzyczna (Mobile Musical Recreation). In a hospital setting, a music therapist may be part of a multidisciplinary team including social workers and physiotherapists. Typically, a music therapist supports children during anxiety-evoking situations such as medical procedures by keeping them relaxed and calm.
Kris Stachyra, Poland
In this issue, over 70 authors from 12 countries share their dedication and passion for early childhood music therapy with imagine readers....