We are proud to offer Music Therapy for special needs students. Jan Boner is a Board Certified Music Therapist who is state licensed to provide individual and group music therapy services.
What is music therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)
We can start with clients as young as 1 year old through young adulthood. Music is so versatile to engage clients and work toward developing strengths.
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music making, listening, and learning through music; ongoing evaluation, and follow up.
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
American Music Therapy Association promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support the effectiveness of music therapy. Check out AMTA at https://www.musictherapy.org/