ET Music Therapy is based on one simple principle: Music is one of the most motivating and effective mediums for building strong connections with individuals with Autism and other special needs.

 

What we offer

  • Individual & group sessions
  • Adapted music lessons.  
  • Facilitate workshops, presentations,
  • Consultation & Training
  • Relaxation Recordings for download 
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who we serve

  • Individuals with Autism
  • Individuals with special needs.
  • Early Intervention, adolescents & adults
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Where we work

  • At our 2 music therapy studio locations (North Van & Richmond)
  • In home
  • Treatment centers
  • Public & private schools
  • Group homes

ET Music Therapy is an established music therapy practiCe, serving the Metro Vancouver area since 1996.

The dynamic musical experience provides a safe, nurturing environment in which an individual can feel secure and confident to explore. Because music has stimulating, sensory, motivational and emotive qualities, it can be used as a tool to elicit music, verbal, emotional or corporeal responses and promote interaction and engagement in an enjoyable and often effortless way.  An individual will always integrate new information and skills when there is inner motivation and curiosity.  Music can be the built in reward.  In music therapy sessions, experiences can facilitate development in all skill domains.  All activities are tailored to the client's ability level & are designed to utilize his or her personal strengths, motivations and interests.

Sessions may include:

  • Interventions targeting Auditory skills: discrimination/sequencing/aud. figure ground
  • Therapeutic application of guitar, piano, percussive instruments etc.
  • Creative movement to music, utilizing both improvised & recorded music
  • Exploration & improvisation of small percussive & melodic instruments
  • Structured simple sequence musical games with visual re-enforcers.
  • Vocal improvisation & vocal exploration
  • Songs/interventions targeting speech development 
  • Professionally guided musical interactions/ experiences providing proprioceptive/vibrational input from selected instruments for self regulation
  • Weekly Hello & Goodbye songs providing ritual and routine
  • Song writing
  • Educational Kinesiology strategies
  • Application of sensory integration strategies & RDI techniques
  • Representational musical play
  • Child created/guided musical activities
  • Positive Behavior Support/ behavior management techniques
  • Adapted music lesson segments/sessions for guitar, percussion, and piano.
With music, my son participates way sooner than in other environments, with increased focus and eye contact. He loves music and that tends to bring him out of his shell.
— Kristy Hunt, parent
 
 ET Music therapy is a proud partner of Mundo Pato Inc.

ET Music therapy is a proud partner of Mundo Pato Inc.

 

Are there ways to cover the cost of music therapy sessions?
Music therapy is not usually covered by health care and extended health care plans. There are some exceptions, such as Worksafe BC, ICBC and funding for autism. 

MTABC is part of the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation in BC. This group is lobbying the BC government for music therapists and other counselors and therapists to be regulated under the Health Professions Act. Once this is approved, it is anticipated that music therapy services will be approved under private insurance plans.

Funding for children with Autism- AFU
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (Autism Funding Unit) will give block funding to parents/guardians, which can cover music therapy for children ages six to nineteen years. Music therapy is called an Autism Related Intervention. The family submits a request to the ministry for music therapy- under ET Music Therapy.  ET Music Therapy then invoices the ministry directly, on a monthly basis. At this time, this service ends when the child reaches the age of nineteen years. For further questions, contact the Autism Funds Processing Unit at 1-877-777-3530.

Funding for Head Injury
Some individuals with a head injury can apply for funding through ICBC if they can show pre-morbidity musical involvement.

Other possible sources of funding
Some special needs children may apply for funding through adoption services, Variety Club, CKNW, and President's Choice, who have been known to fund music therapy. Clients and families usually complete these applications from the funding sources.  Upon request, ET Music Therapy will provide a "letter of request for treatment/ quote" to supplement applications. source: http://www.mtabc.com/page.php?19

 

ET Music Therapy's Partnerships in the Community: