Music Therapy for Individuals with Exceptionalities

Autism. Developmental Delays. Aspergers. Music Therapy. Children. Youth. Teens. Online. Telehealth. Virtual Sessions.

In October, Find Your Voice Music Therapy joins the celebration of Autism Awareness Month!  We appreciate this meaningful time to acknowledge the beautiful gifts that individuals with exceptionalities bring to the world! 

The Government of Canada estimates that 1 in 66 children and youth have been diagnosed with autism in Canada. This month provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about people living with exceptionalities, including autism, and how we can support individuals, families and caregivers.  

Certified Music Therapists focus on the abilities, not disabilities, of the individual. When working with individuals with autism, we note the beauty of their alternative perspective and unique way of seeing the world. Often these individuals excel in certain areas such as music, art, math, computer skills, honesty, detail orientation, and visual thinking. 

Music therapy can become a meaningful wellness and therapeutic area for individuals with autism and developmental delays. In addition, music therapy is a widely recognized medical and clinical model for individuals with autism and developmental delays. For example, music therapy is recognized by the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP) as an evidence based practice for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

At Find Your Voice Music Therapy, we are blessed to work with individuals with exceptionalities in Katarokwi/ Kingston, ON, K’jipuktuk/ Halifax, NS and online. We use music to focus on the following health and wellness areas:

  1. Communication: Music therapy can access both verbal and non-verbal communication.  It can provide an avenue for self expression, social interaction, and group cohesion.
  2. Physical: Music therapy can provide a space to activate fine and gross motor skills, balance, mobility and coordination of movement.  This can be facilitated through movement, dancing, and playing instruments. 
  3. Cognition: Music therapy can promote sensory integration, increase attention span, and facilitate learning of academic concepts in a fun, playful and interactive way. 
  4. Feelings & Spirituality: Music therapy can promote positive affect and behavioural skills.  It can also provide a space to establish self identity, values, beliefs, confidence and self esteem. 

Blessings and gratitude to all individuals with autism in October, and all 11 months of the year!  You are a gift to both the world and the Find Your Voice Music Therapy family.  If you have any questions about music therapy for those with exceptionalities, please reach out to book a complimentary chat.  We are here and happy to be of service to this beautiful community. 

In song,
Mackenzie <3
Owner and Founder of Find Your Voice Music Therapy
Certified Music Therapist and Registered Counselling Therapist
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101