Changed By Music, LLC
"The brain that engages in music is changed by engaging in music." Dr. Michael Thaut, PhD.
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Changed By Music, LLC
Changed By Music, LLC
Changed By Music, LLC offers individual music therapy sessions for children with special needs of all abilities on a private-pay basis (but does not provide services through the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities). In-home services are offered in the southern areas of Chandler and Gilbert. Clients can also been seen in-clinic at Foundations Developmental House in Chandler. Examples of populations served include:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • ...and many other disabilities
Services include an initial music therapy assessment, consisting of an interview with the parent/caregiver (and client if applicable) as well as participation in music therapy interventions. From the assessment, measurable, non-musical goals and objectives for therapy are determined based on the therapist's observations and input from the parent/caregiver. The Transitional Design Model, or TDM, is used to determine the appropriate treatment by translating the non-musical goals into music therapy interventions and then relating how these eventually transfer to real-life application. This model is used to determine which standardized interventions to implement, though each intervention is specifically constructed for each client.

One-on-one sessions include direct interaction between the music therapist and the client, using evidence-based musical interventions to target the specific non-musical goals and objectives for that client. Data is collected on each objective during each session. Treatment is completely unique and specialized to the specific client's goals and abilities.

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. Extra time is left at the end to talk to the parent/caregiver about treatment.

Goals and objectives will be discussed, revised, and reviewed by the therapist in conjunction with the client's family. Verbal reports are given weekly at each session, and written reports of progress will be provided every three months.

It is recommended that services be provided on at least a weekly basis. It is also possible to schedule sessions multiple times a week.

Transitional Design Model
  1. Diagnostic and functional assessment of the patient
  2. Development of therapeutic goals/objectives
  3. Design of functional, nonmusical therapeutic exercises and stimuli
  4. Translation of step 3 into functional therapeutic music experiences
  5. Transfer of therapeutic learning to functional, nonmusical real-world applications
Information cited from: Thaut, M. H. (2005). Rhythm, music, and the brain: Scientific foundations and clinical applications. New York: Routledge.