WHAT OUTCOMES CAN YOU EXPECT?
While allowing freedom for spontaneity, music therapists will set objectives, often in conjunction with the client, relative or carer.
Over the course of therapy, outcomes will vary but we focus on achieving positive changes in physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social functioning. This could mean better physical coordination after suffering a stroke, helping non-verbal children to speak through song, providing an emotional outlet through song writing for victims of trauma or helping a child with autism become more socially connected.
Through musical involvement in a therapeutic setting, clients' abilities are strengthened and can be transferred to other areas of their lives. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas relating to improving participation and independence in daily life such as the development of language and communication skills, enhancing mobility and movement, improving interpersonal interactions and developing community living skills.