What's Virtual Music Therapy?
Despite the disruption to everyday life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Life On Music team is adapting to the ever-changing landscape and keeping the music going!
The Virtual Session
To prepare for your virtual music therapy session, gather any toys and musical instruments your child would like to use to a convenient space.
Our team has found that virtual music therapy sessions work best when a parent or caregiver can be close by, so plan to spend about 30-minutes playing with your child.
When you're ready to start the session, simply place your computer or device in a spot where your therapist can see your play space. Your therapist can incorporate materials that your child can physically engage with, and adapt materials for them to observe virtually.
Our team is able to provide virtual sessions using Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. For security reasons, we recommend using Zoom. Once you've chosen a platform that works for you, your therapist will call you at the scheduled time.
During this socially isolating time, children require connective and dynamic experiences now more than ever. Virtual music therapy sessions allow children to engage in structured, meaningful music interventions which provide a sense of normalcy and familiarity in the face of uncertainty. Virtual music therapy sessions also allow your child to continue working toward developmental and academic skills.
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Music Therapy is an Essential Service
On March 23rd, Gov. Inslee issued a two-week stay at home order. This required all Washingtonians to stay home except for essential activities, and required all non-essential businesses to close.
The good news: music therapy is considered an essential service! Our team is trained to provide services for vulnerable populations, including people who are immunocompromised. We always take every precaution to prevent the spread of germs by self-monitoring for symptoms and thoroughly washing our hands, materials, and instruments between sessions.
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