'Music therapy can provide support for emotional, social and neurological development during the crucial years of formation in childhood and adolescence. Musical interaction in therapy can serve as a framework for learning language and social and emotional skills in early years. This creates opportunities for experiencing reciprocal interaction and encouraging the development of healthy relationships. Additionally, the role of music in identity formation for young people also creates pathways for using music to supporting mental health and wellbeing at this stage of personal development.
Previous research has particularly demonstrated the efficacy of music therapy in supporting children experiencing neurodisability. By working alongside families, practitioners and academics, we aim to explore music therapy practice and expand the evidence base in this area.
Early intervention with music therapy
At CIMTR, we work alongside practitioners and academics to explore how specific approaches, such as improvisational music therapy, affect growth and development of young children with ASD – advancing further understanding of the clinical application of music therapy in this area.