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Monthly Milestones | February 2019

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Straight from the Source – Reaching New Milestones with Music Therapy

Curious how music therapy could benefit your child this summer?

Individuals with ASD frequently respond well to routines and schedules so introducing a new activity in the slower months can help the whole family.

“With the change in summer scheduling (either no school or extended school year), music therapy can help fill structured gaps in schedules,” says Ronna Kaplan, Chair of the Center for Music Therapy at the Music Settlement in Cleveland.

Six to eight weeks (during the summer) is also a shorter time frame, which requires less time and financial commitment to any new hobby or therapy service.

In addition, music therapy can also offer a novel way to address goals and objectives in your Extended School Year plan, while preventing regression in certain key focus areas.

8-year-old Calla Whang* has gained fine motor skills, anxiety and anger control since starting music therapy, and has been able to focus on her attention with music therapist Anne Reed, otherwise known as ‘Ms. Anne’.

When asked what she enjoys the most about music therapy, Calla will tell you “everything, especially singing a song and playing an instrument.”

Calla is currently learning how to play flute and is showing significant progress each week.

“During a private music therapy session, we will sing songs, play instruments such as the recorder, piano, Q-chord and more,” says Reed. Reed is the Clinical Director of the Center for Music Therapy and has been able to watch clients like Calla use music to improve their every-day lives.

“Calla’s parents express gratitude that through her sessions, she has learned how to follow directions, build safe zone control for easing her anger and anxiety, and play the recorder nicely and cooperatively, “says Reed. “Calla’s parents share that prior to music therapy, she wanted to be perfect at everything – now she is able to practice at home with self-discipline.

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