Returning to Services
Typically, September brings with it a flurry of work as we shore up new school contracts for service, reestablish ourselves in classrooms and get into the “back-to-school” groove. Just like so many in the community, this fall has looked a lot different for us. With just 15 school districts planning to fully reopen in mid-September, we already knew that our role in providing services to groups in schools or to children receiving services through their IEP’s would be different.
This was further confirmed when the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their guidance around singing in classes. Though there is still debate over this topic, DESE has taken the position that singing increases viral spread and cannot be done indoors. While our music therapists have been conducting sessions remotely with great success, we have been thinking through the many ways we can still deliver in person services while using music safely.
Some of the ways in which our team can use music therapeutically without singing or having students sing are:
- Drumming and instrument play: by having clients play instruments and facilitating interventions that allow for leadership and turn taking, we can help students work towards goals
- Pre-recorded music: using recorded music allows music therapists and clients to experience the benefit of pre-composed songs while adhering to DESE guidelines
- Non-singing interventions: song writing can help students and groups express feelings and create community while working on communication and verbal skills
The last six months have taught many of us that adaptation and creativity is necessary. There are still people who need services, despite the limitations on what we can do. Roman Music Therapy Services is ready to meet the challenges of this fall and serve our clients to meet their goals!
If you have a child or work in a school district and are interested in learning more about how music therapy can help, please contact us today.