I offer a free consultation. This is provided on the phone at a pre-arranged time (1/2 hour). This is your opportunity to tell me about your child, what they may be struggling with, and your concerns. It is my opportunity to ask some questions. At the end of the consultation, I will tell you whether I think I can help, and you will be given the opportunity to make a decision about whether to go ahead.
Clinical assessment looks a lot like other music therapy sessions. I will take this time to get to know your child, their strengths and their weaknesses. Some of the assessment will also include information gathering from you. This generally takes one or two sessions. At the end of the assessment, I will create a treatment plan and formulate goals for your child. I will go over my plan with you, and get your agreement to go ahead.
Most children have one session per week in order to keep momentum. During treatment, I continue to document your child’s progress towards the goals established during the assessment, and we may agree together to adjust the goals as treatment progresses. Session length may vary depending on your child’s age.
A typical music therapy session might include receptive music (listening), familiar and improvised music, songwriting, moving to music, and multi-modal aspects (such as visual art elements). Exactly what will be involved depends on your child and their specific goals. I have a wide variety of instruments that I use in sessions such as drums, bells, shakers, and other small percussion instruments. Music therapy with children often looks a lot like play and your child may not realize how hard they are working. Sometimes (as with babies), parents will also be involved in the sessions: it all depends on the needs of your child.