Music Therapy with Children
Shari loves co-creating with kids, enabling them to lead and find their voice and place in the music therapy room, seeking to develop playful, musical interactions that guide and gently encourage progress.
For a child or young person working on physical development, action rhymes and making music on a range of instruments specifically chosen to address their needs is a fun, positive way to facilitate development of fine and gross motor skills, oral motor skills and coordination.
For a child or young person who needs support with their social skills and communication, music-making opportunities can be used to encourage and develop skills such as eye contact, joint attention, and turn-taking. Playful but focused songs, behaviours and instrumental play can enhance speech and expressive language development.
The 'Toot Toot' song in action - playing a wind instrument such as a slide whistle can support the development of oral muscle tone and breath control; capturing children's preferences and vocal activity in the content and structural aspects of playful but focused song i.e. repetition of the word "toot" or targeting a consonant, "t t t t toot", pausing for children to fill-in-the-gap; developing eye contact, waiting in anticipation of their role as well as turn-taking.