For more than fifteen years, the Music Therapy program at The Center for Discovery has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with multiple complex disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders through the clinical application of music. As many as 350 individuals take part in The Center’s Music Therapy program.
Services at The Center for Discovery are delivered by a staff of five board-certified music therapists in a variety of formats, including Individual Treatment Sessions, Two-person Treatment Sessions, Small Group Sessions (3-5 participants) and Large Group Sessions (5-8 participants). Sessions are held in a dedicated treatment space and utilize a variety of specially adapted musical instruments. The clinical setting for music therapy is non-threatening and supportive while providing a seamless bridge between children and their peers within a shared environment. This calm structured setting is extremely important for children with developmental disabilities, especially in addressing the challenging behaviors that are common in autism.
During treatment sessions, IMTC music therapists lead interactive music making experiences tailored for the development of specific skills. Drawing upon natural impulses, each individual becomes fully immersed in the dynamic process of making music by playing instruments and/or vocalizing. The Center’s music therapists utilize a number of clinical techniques, including instrumental and/or vocal improvisation, improvised play songs, structured song forms, group arrangements, performance opportunities and music lessons. Music therapists at The Center practice an eclectic approach to music therapy, while drawing on the methodologies established by a number of leading clinicians in the field including Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins, Kenneth Bruscia, and Edith Boxhill to guide their work.