Positive interactions for adults with special needs
We all seek meaningful relationships and opportunities for growth and progress in our lives. Adults with developmental disabilities or mental health concerns also benefit from the opportunity to express themselves and be heard and understood.
Through guided music making, adults with special needs can explore musically in a safe and therapeutic environment. In both individual music therapy and group music therapy for adults, the music therapist guides the client in an exploration of potential, strengths and needs. Activities including improvisation, songwriting and lyric analysis offer individuals the opportunity to gain self-confidence and engage in satisfying interactions with others.
Creative solutions for community programs
Agency-based therapeutic, vocational and recreational programs seeking to expand offerings can offer music therapy programming for adults with special needs. These uplifting programs help participants to achieve increased clarity and provide an opportunity for positive social interaction.
Project Harmony is a menu of services designed to help adults with special needs experience the joy of making music in the community. Through weekly programming open to all, as well as scheduled special events like karaoke nights and drum circles, we use music as a bridge and build connections.
Managing chronic pain, hospice and bereavement
Music therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option for patients experiencing both acute and chronic pain related to a variety of diagnoses. In both recuperative and palliative care situations, music therapy can help to relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety for the patient, resulting in physiological changes.
Both for individuals approaching end of life, and their family members, music therapy can provide support to address feelings of grief and loss. Goals for patients in hospice are designed to be supportive and therapeutic to help meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.