Written by Sara R. Longwell, M.M. Ed, LPMT, MT-BC
Metro Music Makers offers music therapy and adaptive lessons for children with a variety of diagnoses, including ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and much more.
But what if your child doesn’t have a specific diagnosis? Can music therapy or adaptive lessons still be implemented successfully?
Yes! Sometimes getting a diagnosis is a process, and Metro Music Makers understands that. Sometimes your child’s symptoms don’t fit neatly into any one category that a treatment professional feels comfortable applying a specific diagnostic label to, but there are still cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and physical challenges that need to be addressed.
When music therapists create a treatment plan, or design adaptive strategies for teaching, they aren’t focusing on a specific label, they’re thinking about specific goals and objectives that are based on each child’s individual needs. Here are some examples of areas a music therapist might target in treatment or consider when teaching an adaptive lesson:
- Appropriate social boundaries and behavior
- Emotional coping skills
- Academic skills and concepts
- Auditory discrimination
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Language skills
There are many more, of course, and a music therapist can address any of them, with or without a diagnostic label. So, if you’ve been considering music therapy or adaptive lessons, but your child does not have a specific diagnosis at this time, know that a music therapist can still do highly effective work with your child towards meeting your goals.
For more information, call us today at 678-637-7293 or email Sara Longwell, our Director of Music Therapy directly at email@example.com.