At Silver Creek Pre-School, music therapy aims to support the overall developmental growth of each child. The music therapist works alongside and in conjunction with other therapeutic disciplines and teachers. Music therapy sessions include singing, listening, moving, playing and creative activities, using many types of instruments and exploring many styles of music. These activities work on increasing auditory attention, auditory discrimination, self-awareness, self-regulation, and coping skills.
Music therapy is defined as the skilful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-awareness, communication, and personal development. (Canadian Association for Music Therapy/Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994.)
The ways in which music therapy is practiced at Silver Creek are listed below.
Classroom music therapy
Classroom music therapy is a strong focus of the music therapy program, occurring weekly in every class. Classroom music therapy focuses on the following goals:
1. To promote increased confidence and social comfort through participation in instrumental play and the singing of songs.
2. To promote increased auditory attention through initiating and sustaining body movements that correspond to the beat of a presented song.
3. To promote group cooperation and impulse control. (Activities include: holding and moving the parachute, waiting and taking a turn, and sharing an instrument with the therapist or with a peer.)
Music and movement groups
Throughout the year, different groups of children with similar physical needs participate together in gross motor musical activities. These activities include: maneuvering through obstacle courses (crawling through a tunnel, walking across a balance beam, stepping up and down stairs), body awareness songs and games, trunk control in sitting to allow reaching in all directions, transitional movements (sit to stand and high kneeling, moving from lying to sitting, crawling and reaching), standing balance, and activities using the parachute. All groups are planned in conjunction and co-facilitated with the occupational therapist or physiotherapist, assistant OTA/PTA, and music therapist.
Individual and small group music therapy
Individual sessions are offered as needed, and are structured to meet the needs of the child. Small group therapy is at times in partnership with speech or physio/occupational therapy. Goals for both individual and small group therapy are created to suit the needs of the children.
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The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.
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