Do you have a child who has speech delays or a speech disorder? Is your child non-verbal? It may surprise you to learn that a music therapist can help! As always, the precise goals and techniques used by a music therapist will vary depending on the needs of the child.
Working with your SLP as a member of the team
Your music therapist can work with your SLP to ensure that goals are complementary. In some cases, music therapists and SLP’s can provide joint sessions
A different language
Music has many of the same characteristics as speech and language and can be used as an alternate form of communication. Children who are non-verbal can participate fully, and feel understood and supported. This is particularly helpful with children who are non-verbal.
For a child who needs practice with breath support for successful speech, a music therapist might use wind instruments, or singing.
Practicing and learning social skills
Music therapy allows children to practice communication skills such as turn-taking, following and leading an interaction, initiating and responding, and non-verbal skills.
Your music therapist can use a variety of techniques and activities to focus on articulation with your child, in line with their speech goals.
The joy of creating sound
If your child has become quiet and reluctant to try communicating, a music therapist can help them to rediscover the joy of making noise and sound.
Here is an infographic I created to explain. Please feel free to share (but please do not change it if you do).