Spectrum Services offers Music Therapy - September, 2008

Spectrum Services, the rehabilitation division of Hamilton Center serving people with developmental disabilities, is now offering music therapy for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Previously, the closest Music Therapist was located in Indianapolis. The majority of services will be offered on site at 1616 Wabash Avenue but services at community settings can be arranged on a case by case basis. Medicaid Waiver service recipients are eligible for services at no additional cost. Other service recipients must pay for services privately.

Lylia ForsythThe music therapy program will be implemented by Lylia Forsyth, who received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2008. Prior to this position she completed two terms of the AmeriCorps program at Spectrum Services and Hamilton Center’s Inpatient Unit. In addition, Lylia completed a music therapy internship at Good Samaritan Society-University Specialty Center in Minneapolis, MN.

“We are excited to be providing this new service for the residents of our local community. Lylia comes highly recommended and because of her AmeriCorps service at Spectrum we know her capabilities as well. We are definitely looking forward to a successful music therapy program,” said Mary Ann Clark, Spectrum Director.

Music therapy services at Spectrum Services will be provided in both individual and group settings. Individual goals will be developed for each person and will include goals such as increasing socialization; increasing self-expression; improving self-esteem; increasing awareness of self, others and the environment; increasing attention to tasks; reinforcing academic tasks; increasing coping skills; and decreasing anxiety. The program may include singing, instrumental improvisation, adaptive instrument lessons, music and movement, song and lyric analysis, songwriting, and music and relaxation.

“The popularity and documented effectiveness of music therapy is increasing and I am very pleased to be able to return to Terre Haute and Spectrum to establish the program in this area,” said Forsyth.

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is defined as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy utilizes music to improve physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and communication skills. Facilities that provide music therapy services include schools, nursing homes, private medical practices, group homes, day care treatment centers, medical and psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse programs, hospice and bereavement programs, correctional and forensic facilities, outpatient clinics, mental health clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and wellness programs. For additional information about music therapy services, see the American Music Therapy Association’s website at www.musictherapy.org.

For additional information about Spectrum Services’ Music Therapy program, call (812) 231-8355 or contact Lylia at lforsyth@hamiltoncenter.org.

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