Music Therapy is a relatively new therapy. Music has long been credited as a brain stimulant. Studies have even shown that students in music classes and education programs are measurably better on standardized tests and in many aspects of the academic world. That is why Music, over the last 60 plus years has been used in the health care industry. Music Therapy is a growing trend in helping heal autistic children. With all of the medicines out there to help autism, the parents need to know that there are alternatives and combinations that may best help their child.
Music Therapy originated in treatment hospitals for World War II Veterans. The doctors and hospital staff realized that the musicians needed training to interact with the patients. They originally had just played music in the hospitals around the patients and did not have any training other than their music training. These realizations lead to the creation of the first college degree program for Music Therapy at Michigan State University (Cutting Edge Therapies p 242-247).
Different venues, from children to Alzheimer’s Patients use Music Therapy (AMTA). According to the American Music Therapy Association “Music Therapy interventions can be designed to: Promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improved communication, and promote physical rehabilitation”. All types of people including people with not existing medical conditions benefit from therapy, and that therapy can incorporate all types of music. A News Paper Article in New Jersey even states that Music Therapy has uses for anything from birth to adults. The AMTA States that “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program”. Many Schools have therapists available. They also have private practices. Depending on the state, funding available for these programs (Cutting Edge Therapies p242-247).
When a Therapist works with a child they began planning a treatment. This happens before treatment begins as well as during the treatment process. The Therapists reevaluates the treatment process during treatment to determine the effectiveness and whether a new treatment plan for the child would be more effective (AMTA). The AMTA goes on to explain that “No such thing as an overall typical session” referring to the music therapy sessions that a patient goes through. Treatment is considered a general word. Off all of the specialists in the world, no one can say what the best treatment for anyone is. The treatment needs to be individualized for the child (Cutting Edge Therapies p 22-26). The Music Therapy Association of British Columbia (MTABC) even points out that “A music therapist assesses the client(s) and creates a clinical plan for treatment along with team and client goals, which in turn...