Does my child need to have a diagnosis?
The short answer is no. If your child does not have a diagnosis, we can still provide music therapy sessions to address for example, anxiety, behavioral issues, developing social skills, etc.
How long are the sessions and how frequent should they be?
The sessions are generally 45 minutes long and it is generally recommended that they are weekly to help keep the momentum and consistency flowing which will help achieve the therapy goals set out. However, length and frequency of sessions can be tailored to your child’s specific needs. For example, if your child has attention difficulties, we can shorten the session to 30 minutes.
What is involved in a music therapy assessment?
The assessment process includes a 30-minute telephone consultation with your music therapist, two 45-minute music therapy sessions and the write-up of the assessment. If you have any other documentation of your child’s progress with other therapists, it would be useful to give this to your music therapist so that this can form part of the assessment process.
The music therapy sessions during assessment allow your child to respond to a range of different activities to see what motivates your child. During the sessions the music therapist may ask you to be present to help support your child.
The music therapist will then write up the assessment, combining the information you provided during the consultation and what the music therapist observed during the assessment sessions. From this information, 4-8 therapy goals may be highlighted and this will become the foundation for the ongoing music therapy program for your child.
What happens next?
Your music therapist will send you the completed assessment and ask you to confirm you are happy with the document. The next stage will be to arrange a regular weekly session time for your child. Your music therapist will check in with you on a regular basis to discuss how your child is doing in general. It is useful to know what positive developments are occurring at home, school, in other therapy sessions, or challenges, so that they can be utilised and worked on in the sessions.
A review process will take place annually. This will again involve a 30-minute consultation with you to discuss updates on what is happening for your child. Your music therapist will then write up an assessment which highlight goals achieved over the year, and may identify 4-8 new therapy goals to be worked on in future music therapy sessions.
Will my child benefit from music therapy?
The aim of Shine Time Music Therapy is to help each child to discover their special skills to promote self-esteem, build important life skills and enhance quality of life. Essentially, we want your child to shine smile and grow whilst having fun through music!
A positive relationship between your child and the music therapist is essential to the success of the therapy. This may take a very short time, or longer and is a very individual process that your therapist will do their very best to work on whilst still having fun in the process.
Having fun with the therapist whilst having clear goals to work on is often the key in reaching these goals. If you would like any more information on music therapy sessions, please don’t hesitate in contacting us as we will be happy to help.