Research shows that people perform cognitive, motor and language tasks more efficiently when music is incorporated.
Music is processed in all areas of the brain and has the ability to access and stimulate areas of the brain that may not be accessible through other modalities.
Interventions may include active participation in singing, playing a variety of instruments, dancing, movement, and others.
Individuals do not need to have any prior musical abilities or experience in order to benefit from music therapy.
Music therapy can be an integral component in helping the child with special needs attain educational goals identified by his/her IEP team.
Music therapy is listed as a related service in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).