The mission of the music therapy department at iBrain is to use evidence-based music therapy interventions to support our students in sensorimotor, cognitive and speech/language goals, while providing individualized services for our students within the interdisciplinary team. According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC).
Music therapy uses music within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of our students at iBrain. After assessing the strengths and needs of each student, the music therapist provides appropriate musical experiences including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music; various techniques are utilized to support the students in reaching their goals. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, students’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be beneficial to support our students. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and an outlet for expression of feelings.