The COMPASS small group session utilizes neurologic music therapy techniques to
Create Opportunities for Music Making, Peer Interaction, Active Engagement, and Social Skill Development.
Just as a compass is required to begin exploring new territory, this small group provides various opportunities to build confidence and beginning social skills within a peer setting. These beginning skills serve as the foundation as individuals continue their journey towards navigating new scenarios, emotions, and experiences. Each 45-minute session includes opportunities for participants to actively engage with their peers to play instruments, follow rules, make choices, build a schedule for each session, and begin to recognize and identify the array of emotions that come with exploring this new music-based territory. This specific group is facilitated by a board-certified music therapist who designs each session specifically for individuals who are working on beginning social skills. For advanced social skills, please check out our Navigators group.
Some examples of social skills targeted during this group would include:
- Increase effective expressive communication of wants/needs in a social setting using verbal, gestural, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), or other communication means
- Increase use of appropriate interpersonal skills in a social environment
- Increase tolerance for the choices/preferences/selections of others in a social setting
- Increase eye contact and awareness of others in a social setting
COMPASS is currently being offered for the following age groups: 4 – 7, 8 – 15 and 16+.
If you are interested in a small group for a child younger than four, please contact our office or complete the “Music Therapy Match” form to indicate you are looking for peer(s) to meet your child’s needs. You may also wish to explore our Do, Re, Mi for Birth to Three and Discovery Zone groups.
For group series dates, times, costs, and registration details, please click here.