Music therapy can address a number of sensory needs for our students as it provides concrete, multi-sensory stimulation (auditory, visual, and tactile). Music therapy sessions support the development of skills such as:
- active, improvised music making (using both instruments and voice)
- release and exploration of emotions
- non-verbal and verbal communication
- use of both gross and fine motor movements
- sequential memory and recall of information
- self-management of behaviour
- verbal discussion
In addition to music within the classroom, students have access to additional specialist music therapy lessons each week. Here student goals are addressed in a fun and vibrant environment using music and movement and incorporating a wide range of exciting string and percussion instruments.
DESU teachers work closely with the music therapist and compile video footage to support music and music therapy for our students enroled in this mode of study.
This program is funded generously through SEWS P&C.