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Music Works Northwest
Music Therapy, as defined by the American Music Therapy Association, is "…an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages." Through the medium of music, Music Therapists work with clients to achieve non-musical goals. Areas that may be addressed include: Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Cognitive Enhancement, Communication and Language, Mental Status/Emotional Affect, Attention and Focus, Creativity and Self Expression, Team Building, and Quality of Life. At Music Works NW, we specialize in the use of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), an advanced level training that is based on scientific research of music and the brain and is evidence-based. NMT is defined as “the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system,” (Thaut, 1999). In addition, we use the SCERTS® Model for children and persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities. SCERTS®, a research-based educational program, stands for Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transaction Support. Clients are actively engaged in a therapeutic arts process that may include: songwriting, improvisation, singing and/or instrument playing, receptive listening. The ultimate purpose of music therapy is to help individuals attain and maintain their maximum levels of functioning.