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Music therapy is helping people with developmental disabilities

Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 16:14:01-04

Music therapy helping kids with developmental disabilities

From autism to Down syndrome, there are a number of development disabilities that can make it difficult for some people to communicate their feelings and interact with others. A unique form of therapy is helping to combat that.

Music therapy uses the power of songs and instruments to help individuals reach their fullest potential.

"Music therapy is the evidence in clinical based practice of using musical interventions to address varies needs," said Melissa Ward, owner of Augmenting Ability in Bel Air. "It’s fun and it’s motivating for the kids to come in and participate, learn, grow and rehearse these skills their learning in a fun and safe environment."

For almost 10 years, Augmenting Ability has provided a place for people of all ages to take part in music therapy.

According to Ward, the group assesses each individual entirely and looks at their social and emotional behavior, communication skills and their quality life and from there, creates appropriate goals for each person to help them reach their fullest potential.

“Music is just a great tool to use to provide you that familiar environment for you to try new things so you feel comfortable while you’re trying it," said Music Therapist, Jennifer Woodruff.

As each individual grows and changes, so do their objectives and goals.

"Some of these kids we’ve been seeing for years and years," said Ward. "It’s awesome to be part of their progress, to watch them grow and to watch their families grow and change.

Click here for more information on Augmenting Ability.