What is Music Therapy?
In Western countries, Music Therapy is part of the professional medical supporting team. It is categorized under Creative Art Therapies (other therapies, e.g. Art Therapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy).
Music therapy is a clinical way of using professional music and musical elements to intervene, by a registered music therapist, which establishes relationships between the therapist and participants, in order to achieve various therapeutic goals.
Music therapists use a variety of musical skills, together with psychological, counseling and other theoretical knowledge, we design suitable music activities for participants, encourage participant’s emotional, physical and social well-being.
Music Therapy focuses on the process of treatment, rather than the merits of aesthetical musicianship. Participants do not need to have any musical background.
Music Therapy Settings
J.A.m. provides in-house and outreach therapy services incl.
Individual sessions (45 mins/ 60 mins)
group sessions (45 mins/ 60 mins/ 90 mins)
Please contact us for further information.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three.
People with ASD have:
lack awareness of and interest in others
find it hard to understand other people's emotions and feelings, and have difficulty starting conversations or taking part in them properly
Language development may be delayed
Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life
How does Music Therapy support this group of client?
Music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in behavior and facilitate development of skills.
The literature reports that most individuals with ASD respond positively to music. People with ASD often show a heightened interest and response to music, making it an excellent therapeutic tool for working with them.
Music is a very basic human response, spanning all degrees of ability/disability. Music therapists are able to meet clients at their own levels and allow them to grow from there. The malleability of music makes it a medium that can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual. Music is motivating and enjoyable. Music can promote relatedness, relaxation, learning, and self-expression.
Music therapy addresses multiple developmental issues simultaneously. It can provide success-oriented opportunities for achievement and mastery. The structure and sensory input inherent in music help to establish response and role expectations, positive interactions, and organisation.
Music Therapy supports the clients by providing:
a safe, non-threatening setting between participants and therapists
a platform for non-verbal communication, yet assisting in the development of verbal communication, speech & language skills
a platform for relationship building & trust building
a platform for self- expression and communication
stimulation for individuals to reduce negative/ self-stimulatory responses