Blog Category: Young Adults with Special Needs

Music Therapy Group Services for Children and Young Adults

New group services that we are excited about!

Many of our clients are school aged children and young adults, ages 3-22. For them, music therapy can increase self-confidence and foster development through exploratory activitiesMaking Music Creates Joy, among other benefits. While many children and young adults receive services at school or during a supported program, our music therapists have been developing group programs that can be done in our center and that can supplement those other group or individual sessions they may be a part of. With the intent of increasing engagement, developing community and fostering leadership skills, we have three new groups to offer families.

Music Therapy Club (3-7yrs)

Music Therapy Club, which meets on Tuesdays at 4PM, is designed to be a supportive music making environment that facilitates engagement, joy and success for all. Children can participate in music experiences that take full advantage of their individual strengths while minimizing the impact of difficulties. A family-based group for parents and children, siblings are also welcome to join the fun! 

Pre-teen Music Therapy Group (9-13 years)

This group, which meets on Mondays at 4:30PM, offers a supportive environment where pre-teens with special needs can improve social skills, build bonds and engage in peer-to-peer interactions. Opportunities for leadership and creative expression, all with the help of music, help children achieve their goals. 

Teen Music Therapy Group (14-22 years)

Specially designed for teens and young adults with special needs, this group uses structured music making improvisation, songwriting or lyric analysis to engage with clients and foster creativity. Skill building and LeadershipAll within a safe space, clients can explore potential and develop satisfying relationships with others. This group meets on Mondays at 5:30PM.

While the Music Therapy Club requires parent or caregiver participation, the pre-teen and teen groups are for building independence. For this purpose, students will participate in group. Parents and caregivers are invited to spend the time in our reception area, enjoying a cup of coffee and building communities of their own. All three groups run on four week intervals and cost $115.

Special demo day Monday, March 20th.

To give families an idea of the group dynamic before committing to signing up we will be holding a demo day on Monday, March 20th of the pre-teen and teen groups. If you are interested in attending, please call the office at 781-224-3300.

Sign up for the Music Therapy Club  online or by calling the office.

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Roman Music Therapy on Ablevision

Roman Music Therapy Services is excited to have worked on a project with Ablevision of Malden to create a television segment about music therapy. As their website says:

Ablevision is a show produced entirely by people with disabilities. We are a group of video producers dedicated to educating and promoting awareness of the disabled community.

We are really excited to share the work of Roman Music Therapy Services with this great organization and the 44 communities in Massachusetts that receive their television program.

Ablevision was recorded in Roman Music Therapy Services’ first studio located in Malden, as well as on site at Charlestown High School during a class music therapy session and at the Melrose Public Library in March. Thank you to all of those who participated and were interviewed for this special music therapy feature.

The taping was completed in April of 2009 and the show aired in late summer of 2009. To learn more about this great organization, check out their website at www.ablevision.org. They also have a youtube channel at www.youtube.com/ablevision. Please check it out!

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