Therapy Services - Music Therapy (Community)
NMTSB applies research around how music affects the brain and how music can assist children with special needs. Music activates such a widespread area in the brain and has been found to positively affect early childhood development, attachment, learning and daily functioning. There is no one “music area” of the brain. Rather, the brain utilises many areas involved in similar non-musical tasks (this includes areas that are involved in functions such as attention, listening, speech production, emotions, motor, memory, arousal, vision and decision making).
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system (Thaut, 2005). NMTSB applies neuroscience and music perception and production research to address issues in individuals with neurologic differences such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury. Neurologic Music Therapists are qualified music therapists who have completed extra training in NMT.
NMTSB provides one-to-one music therapy sessions (as opposed to music lessons as in music education/instrumental tuition) for children with autism. Sessions are held in two venues on the northside of Brisbane and in homes across south-east queensland.
Music Therapist’s link in with your children’s Individualised Education Plan and/or other therapies to provide a program that supports your child’s overall development. For families outside of Brisbane or with limited funding for ongoing sessions, NMTSB offers skype consultations to advise how you can implement simple music based activities in your own home or school program.
Music is very motivating for children and can be particularly motivating and enjoyable for children with autism due to its structural, predictable, fun and non-threatening nature. For many children music can be a ‘way in’ – a way to connect and engage. The goals of the program are often disguised through the music, providing the child with a relaxed environment to function at their best.