MUSIC THERAPY SPECIALTIES
Dr. Stanley Greenspan developed the DIR theoretical framework in working with children with unique challenges. The Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model is a developmental model for assessing and understanding a child’s strengths and weaknesses. The goal of treatment with the DIR model is to build healthy development rather than to work only on the surface of symptoms and behaviors. Each child is viewed as having individual needs and their program is tailored to them. The DIR model addresses cognition, language, and social/emotional skills which develop through meaningful relationships and exchanges. All areas of development are interconnected and work together to benefit the child.
Applied Behavioral Analysis, is an evidenced-based therapy developed by Dr. Lovaas. This is a behavioral therapy used to treat communication disorders, motor skills, behavioral disorders, critical thinking and to develop empathy. It’s is a technique that works somewhat superficially, looking to make changes but not looking into the cause of these issues. I might employ some of these techniques only to address behaviors.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.”