Below is a general overview of the different types of services offered by our team.
Individual Music Therapy Sessions
Individual music therapy sessions begin following an initial intake of background information with a parent/guardian and assessment session with the client. A treatment plan is then created outlining goals and objectives to be targeted during future music therapy sessions. Treatment plans are updated regularly and re-evaluated periodically throughout the treatment. Services often take place at the LIH clinic location in West Salem, however, services may take place in the community or at an individual’s home (depending on need of the individual).
Group Music Therapy Sessions
A great opportunity for increasing socialization, emotional expression, building healthy relationships & self-esteem within a small group of individuals with similar needs/abilities. Groups are created and designed with the abilities and interests of the group members in mind. A treatment plan is created to outline goals for the group sessions following completion of intake paperwork and an initial group session. Group services are held at the LIH clinic. We do provide services off-site if an individual or organization is interested in creating a specific group to be held within the community (i.e. at a group home or support group).
Adaptive Music Lessons
Individually tailored music lessons that are success-oriented and motivating. Lessons take place in a 1:1 setting and adaptations may be needed for cognitive, social/emotional, or physical reasons. The participant must have his/her own instrument. The goals of this 30 minute lesson are mastery (learning to play an instrument) and building self-esteem. While there is often additional therapeutic benefit, i.e. sustained attention, problem solving, etc. these goals are not tracked as they would be in a 1:1 music therapy session. Services typically occur at the LIH clinic.
Facility-Based Music Enrichment Programs
Music enrichment programming aims to actively engage individuals in the process of making music through adapted songs, individualized/themed groups, and tailored music experiences based on the needs of the participants. Music enrichment programs are ongoing and scheduled with the organization’s needs, vision, themes, mission, and participants’ unique needs in mind. For organizations looking to music enrichment programming, LIH offers a 30-minute free phone consultation or face-to-face meeting (based on location) to begin building your on-site music enrichment program.
Recreational Music Classes
On occasion, LIH offers recreational music classes. The purpose of recreational music opportunities is to have FUN making music! Classes are created with music as the main focus, not the therapeutic goals or a treatment plan in mind. LIH partners with area Park & Rec programs to advertise for recreational music classes at our facility.
Workshops and In-Services
LIH offers workshops and in-services to organizations such as schools, hospitals, daycares, etc. The purpose of these opportunities is to provide education on the topic of music therapy, provide recommended techniques for music-based approaches of care, or to offer an interactive music-centered staff development opportunity.
Funding for Services
Many LIH clients receive services through various Third-Party payers such as IRIS, Family Care, Children’s Long Term Support Waiver, Family Support Program, Family Support Grant, private insurance, and local grants (Children’s Miracle Network, La Crosse Area Autism Foundation, Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin). Grant application forms can be found under the “Resources” tab on our website. For more information regarding funding for services click on the “Funding FAQ” under the services menu.