MUSIC & ART THERAPY
is the clinical and evidenced - based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.
It consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. With young children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social & emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills.
MUSIC THERAPY HELPS WITH:
Improve Developmental Skills
Manage Pain + Stress
Build Motor Development
Stimulate Cognitive Functioning
Improve Speech/Language Skills
enriches the lives of individuals and families through active art-making, creative process, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art therapy effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.
ART THERAPY HELPS WITH:
Improve Cognitive Function
Fine Motor Skills
Cultivate Emotional Resilience
Enhance Social Skills
Activities of Daily Life
Reduce and Resolve Conflicts
"This is amazing! What a wonderful activity that helps my son focus on something positive like drumming and music. It truly helped him to rest and relax during a day that was so stressful."
-Dad of newly diagnosed 6-year-old male patient
“As a professional drummer, I always had aspirations of utilizing music and drumming as a therapeutic tool. The Austin Hatcher Foundation made this dream a reality when they gave me the opportunity to use music and drumming to positively impact children and their families walking through cancer. As I have drummed with patients of all ages, I have been amazed how music and drumming has broken through barriers - offering children and their families a way to communicate without every saying a word, providing children with a diversion from pain and stress surrounding their treatment, and creating an outlet for children to express themselves creatively. I count it a true privilege to be on the Austin Hatcher Foundation and Hope and Cope family support teams at the Alabama Center for childhood cancer and blood disorders, which is a partnership between the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s of Alabama.”
Music Therapist (Children's of Alabama)