Thank you for booking a music therapy consultation at So.i.Heard Music!
We are so excited to meet you. Here is some information we would like you to know ahead of time to make the most out of your consultation experience.
You will be meeting with Brooke Slemmer, our Music Therapy Program Director. She has both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music therapy (from Berklee College of Music and Colorado State University, respectively) and has nearly a decade of experience working with children with special needs. You will have an opportunity to explain your goals or concerns, and to ask her any questions you may have about music therapy. She will make sure to fit you with a therapist that will best meet your and your child’s needs!
Music Therapy is an allied health profession that is based on thoroughly researched interventions in music and combined with the most current findings in neuroscience. Music therapists must complete thorough training in psychology, human development, and aspects of medicine to make sure they are fully prepared to assist with all of the challenges people with special needs face daily. Our therapists are experienced in highlighting the strengths of people with special needs and helping people discover tools to help them navigate their world. Music therapy is fun, but it is also effective, and backed by science!
It is important to note that your consultation is not an actual music therapy session; rather, this is the perfect time to exchange important information, have all your questions addressed, and to help you make a plan about how to proceed. It is not totally necessary for your child to come along for the consultation. In fact, many parents and caregivers find it easier to consult with Brooke on their own first to make sure that all questions are thoroughly answered. Once a client sees our space and experiences our therapy room, it can be difficult to get them to sit and wait quietly through questions and conversation. Also, it is often helpful for Brooke to be able to focus completely on the details and insights you provide for the consultation. That way, when the time comes, your music therapist will be able to give your child the best assessment possible.
If you decide to try out music therapy, the next step is to schedule an assessment for your child!
Here are some things to know about a music therapy assessment:
- Once you schedule and pay for your music therapy assessment, the fee is nonrefundable. Make sure you remember to arrive on time for your assessment, even if you are not sure about enrolling long term.
- Our therapists typically end the in-room session about 5 minutes early so that there will be a few minutes after the assessment to get in any last minute things you would like to ask your music therapist, and for the music therapist to update you about what they saw in the room.
- You are welcome to sit in on a music therapy assessment with your child, but we do find that clients tend to have an easier time participating and engaging when parents are not in the room. We want your child to feel as much as possible that there are no expectations for the assessment. We also want you to trust that our therapists are trained professionals with lots of experience with individuals not unlike your child. Oftentimes, when therapy is just one-on-one with the client and therapist, the client has an easier time seeing the therapist as an authority figure and has an easier time following directions.
- Especially if you have enrolled in music therapy because of behavioral concerns, it is important to keep in mind that the music therapy interventions themselves are what will aid in behavior improvements. A client does not necessarily have to "behave" in order to participate in music therapy - it is the carefully designed music therapy plan and interventions that will help the client gradually improve their own behavior management!
- At the end of the assessment session, your music therapist will brief you on what happened in the session and how your child responded to the music therapy interventions and assessments. Together, you and the therapist can finalize a set of goals.
Should you enroll, your music therapist will make these discussed goals the main focus of your child’s recurring music therapy sessions. The sooner you book and pay for your first month of sessions, the easier it will be to get a slot that fits your schedule! Your sessions will be weekly, and you will be billed a flat rate on the first of every month. If you are beginning sessions in the middle of the month, you will be appropriately prorated.
Some clients like to wait to actually enroll until after they have information from their insurance companies about reimbursement. After your assessment, your therapist will complete a written assessment report and email it to you as soon as possible. This will include all of the information from the session, as well as some relevant information about our facility, and you can submit this to your insurance company to see if they will reimburse services from So.i.Heard.
But, waiting is not always the way to go! If you are excited about music therapy and the benefits it can provide for your child, sign up as soon as possible. For most, it is worth the cost to see your child progress towards functional goals much faster than he or she would without music therapy treatment. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to ask your music therapist for more information and peer-reviewed research regarding your child’s specific diagnosis, or the goal you have chosen to address in therapy. We know therapy can be expensive, so our priority is to help you get the most out of it and make sure you are fully informed about the whole experience!