Music and Speech Therapy

As explained by the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is:

“an evidence-based, allied health profession that uses music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. Through musical responses, the board-certified therapist assesses emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills. Specifically regarding communication, music therapists are trained to adapt elements of music (e.g. tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony, and texture) to promote effective expressive and receptive communication skills.”

On the ASHAsphere website, it is explained that there are multiple similarities between music and speech, which it why these two therapies make a great collaborative approach to children in therapy. The website explains these similarities between music and speech and why they are important:

  • Music and Language are universal and specific to humans.
  • Both have pitch, timbre, rhythm, and durational features.
  • Spontaneous speech and spontaneous singing typically develop within infants at approximately the same time.
  • Music and language have auditory, vocal, and visual uses (both use written systems) and are built on structure and rules.
  • Distinct forms of music and language exist and vary across cultures.

Think about music therapy as an option for your child!

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