Neurologic Music Therapy is an evidence-based treatment model that uses standardized, research-based techniques to treat the brain using specific elements of music such as rhythm, melody, dynamics, tempo, etc. Neurologic Music Therapists are specialists who are trained in the the neuroscience of music perception, music production, and music cognition. The Neurologic Music Therapist uses standardized techniques to achieve non-musical goals such as speech, physical movement, cognition and other functional abilities.
This therapy provides individualized activities to reinforce goals that include on task behaviors, communication skills, socialization skills, fine and gross motor skills, eye contact, relaxation, texture and sound sensitivity, and leisure training. Neuro-music therapy activities include singing, rhythmic activities, and playing instruments and are conducted with small groups and with individual students. The neuro-music therapy room is equipped with pianos, drums, tone chimes, and guitars.
Speech Therapy addresses articulation, language delay, fluency, oral stimulation, and social skills. Speech Therapy coordinates with community-based instruction to help students transition and apply communication skills to environments outside the classroom. Speech Therapy incorporates technologies such as iPads, visuals, and communication devices/applications. Improving communication skills helps students reduce frustration and promotes interactions. Music and Speech therapists closely collaborate to integrate and reinforce skills.
Occupational therapy helps our students cope with physical, developmental, emotional, and cognitive disabilities through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full breadth of school activities—from paying attention in class; concentrating on the task at hand; holding a pencil, musical instrument, or book in the easiest way; or just behaving appropriately in class. Occupational therapy may be recommended for an individual student for reasons that might be affecting his or learning or behavior, such as motor skills, cognitive processing, visual or perceptual problems, difficulties staying on task, disorganization, or inappropriate sensory responses.