Last week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in South Carolina, so we are here to wrap up! Music therapy has the potential to play a role in mental health services for children and adults, so here are three fast facts about music and mental health.
Music permits a person to express themselves non verbally and verbally. If you have ever found yourself at a loss for words, music provides the opportunity to express the feelings that are trapped within. Sometimes we have had experiences or thoughts or feelings that aren’t ready for words. Work with a music therapist can help to address some of those feelings until they are ready to be put into words.
It’s been a little over a week, but finally the dust has settled enough for me to look back on our recital, Growing to the Beat, and feel really incredible about the accomplishments of each participant. Holding a recital is something that I have really wanted to do for a while, but never felt that we had the numbers to justify it.
Boy was I wrong! We had nearly 15 families involved in the program and couldn’t have been more thrilled. Below are some videos and pictures sent to us by participants to share. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!
Many of the families that we work with get to see the results of our work, but often aren’t present in the session themselves. We compiled a selection of clips from our music therapy and private lesson sessions to give you a glimpse into what happens in our world here at Key Changes.
This past weekend, Ms. Laura participated in the Autism Fun Day in Hartsville, SC. We are so excited about the wonderful video footage that was captured of the impromptu drum circle that Ms. Laura and her new friends struck up!
I get a lot of confused calls about insurance coverage for music therapy each and every week. I am dedicating this week’s blog post to laying out the facts and hopefully dispelling some of the myths. Here are my top 6 music therapy reimbursement facts that you must know!
1. Music Therapy CAN be a billable service under your health insurance.
Most plans do not have a specific section addressing benefits for music therapy. Finding out if music therapy can be covered is a complicated question because most of the customer service reps have still never heard of us! Work with your music therapist to find out if your health insurance covers music therapy. I’ve had a few calls from families saying that they would call their insurance to find out, and I never heard from them again. You can ALSO use HSA/FSA accounts to pay!
This summer, Key Changes is changing up our summer group offerings! Instead of one theme for a variety of groups, we’ve decided to give each of our groups it’s very own theme! You can find a flier at this link and forward it to your friends!
One of the goals of Key Changes Music Therapy Services is to educate the public about music therapy, and I can proudly say that of all our goals, this is one that we meet with an exceptional amount of zealousness.
This past weekend, Key Changes spoke at the Hopes and Dreams Conference held by Family Connection of SC. Last year, I had a marvelous presentation where I talked about music therapy, what it was, how it worked, and gave a lot of information about the field in general (as well as a LOT of examples!). This year, I wanted to give families something more, so our goal was to provide music activities that families can use at home to help their child’s development.
Blowing on a whistle. Seems like a fairly easy task, right? For many of our clients, blowing a whistle is somewhere on their list of objectives for therapy. Today, we’re going to dig into why blowing on that whistle might be an objective in music therapy, and how learning to blow on that whistle can help our clients to improve.
Let’s break down all of the steps that you have to complete in order to successfully blow that whistle.