MUSIC THERAPY

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Music therapy 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 enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a qualified therapist and child; between one child and another; between child and family; and between the music and the participants. 

 

Music therapy helps with:

Improve Developmental Skills

Promote Self-Esteem

Manage Pain + Stress

Encourage Socialization 

Encourage Self-Expression

Encourage Communication

Build Motor Development

Stimulate Cognitive Functioning 

Improve Speech/Language Skills

“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.”

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer 

232 East 11th Street, Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN  37402     

www.hatcherfoundation.org  

phone: 423.243.3471    fax: 423-498-3581