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.

Presentations, in-services, and trainings

Recreational Music Classes
Recreational music classes are offered at our facility as well as in the community.  These classes are recreational with the main purpose being to have FUN making music!  These classes are created with music as the main focus, not the therapeutic goals or a treatment plan in mind.  For more information about upcoming recreational music classes please visit the “Classes” tab.  LIH partners with area Park & Rec programs to advertise for recreational music classes at our facility.

Music Entertainment
LIH does not provide entertainment at facility-based functions unless the event is of large size and is requested by an organization/facility where there is a prior established relationship (i.e. an organization where group sessions are held and they wish to have LIH’s staff facilitate a semi-annual event).  There are many wonderful musicians in the community offering music entertainment; thus, we try to reserve our schedule availability for organizations looking to offer music enrichment services which utilize our clinical expertise and skills in a different way.  For organization is looking for music entertainment, we encourage you to contact us to see if our music enrichment services would be an appropriate fit for what you wish to accomplish with your music programming.  More information about music entertainment vs. music enrichment can be found here: Music Entertainment, Enrichment, & Therapy – What is the difference?.

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. 

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.