We all know that children respond positively to making music, singing, composing or just making noise and moving. Music therapy has been shown to improve cognitivie, motor and sensory functions and development.
MUSIC THERAPY AT MOUTHWORKS CAN HELP
One of the reasons music therapy works so well with children is that it gets their brains and bodies working while they are having fun, building a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. At Mouthworks we often incorporate music therapy into our other disciplines to improve client outcomes. Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
FINE AND GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Musical therapy techniques have been used to develop and maintain joint and muscle function or to increase fine and gross motor coordination and control. Other benefits are an increase in muscle strength, increased range of motion, improved cardiopulmonary and respiratory functioning and improved oral-motor skills.
Music therapy can assist with communication and language progress. Speech and music have a number of shared processing systems. Musical experiences which enhance processing can consequently impact on the perception of language. Active engagement with music improves the brain’s early encoding of linguistic sound. Music develops skills which enhance perception of language patterns.
Musical mnemonics, or using rhythmic-melodic templates for rehearsing verbal information, provides a uniquely engaging approach to verbal memory tasks. Examples of this are the singsongs used to remember the alphabet and for students in higher education to memorise complex material. We will use music therapy to engage your children in songs and music that stimulate neural pathways and improve these cognitive functions.
Music therapy provides opportunities for children to achieve sensory integration and emotional regulation; to develop their communication and social skills and encourage general development through musical play.
early childhood intervention team
At MouthWorks you have access to a whole team of caring professional Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and Dieticians who work together to ensure sure your child gets the best possible care. Everything you need all under one roof!