During group music therapy the initial sessions provide opportunity for the therapist to assess group dynamics and individual needs within the group setting. Throughout the initial sessions the therapist observes the cognitive, social, emotional, physical areas of functioning of group members as related to musical responses. This assessment period may take up to 3 sessions and provides a baseline for future music therapy sessions. Based on the information obtained from the assessment, as well as input from the staff, families or consulting professionals (i.e. speech-language pathologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapists), the music therapist formulates non-musical goals and objectives for the music therapy sessions (i.e. to improve eye contact, to improve articulation). The music therapist prepares and implements a group treatment plan using music as the catalyst to promote change and achieve the chosen goals. The music therapist continuously evaluates the group’s progress towards goals, and written progress reports/recommendations can be provided upon request. Group sessions are generally held for 45 to 60 minutes, once a week. Music therapy groups are generally limited to 6 participants; however larger groups may be possible if there is additional staff present to assist the therapist.
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