Music Therapy’s role in special education is to support the student’s educational program through goal-based interventions. This presentation discusses the context in which this occurs as well as how music therapy provides interventions to support special education personnel within the classroom. Examples will be given of collaboration with a variety of special education and support personnel. Collaboration with other professionals to establish openness and cooperation will be discussed. Generalization of music therapy interventions will be presented and suggestions on ways to improve efficacy will be explored.
- Collaborate with other professionals and/or family, caregivers, and personal network to design interdisciplinary treatment programs. (D.1.3. )
- Create an environment or space conducive to client engagement. (D.1.8.)
- Communicate with client and/or client’s family, caregivers, treatment team, and personal network as appropriate. (IV.A.7.)
- Engage in collaborative work with colleagues. (V.A.4.)
Ann Petty, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist who works for an educational agency in the southwestern region of the U.S. in a public-school district in Northwest Houston, Texas. She received her bachelor’s in music education from the University of North Texas and an Equivalency in music therapy from the University of Kansas. She also maintains a community-based practice, working with young adults and adolescents with autism and intellectual disabilities.