Songs For Skills

A new program for children of all ages! Children with ADD/ADHD and Autism in Suwanee and surrounding areas can benefit from:

  • Improved communication
  • Development of motor skills
  • Managed stress
  • Increase in self-expression
  • Enhanced learning
  • Promoted social skills
  • Improved daily living skills
  • Assisted memory recall and
  • So much more!

Music Therapy For All ages!

We offer 30 Min Group Sessions & 30 Min Individual Sessions

Music Therapy Pricing

  • Tuition- $45/individual half-hour
  • $30 Group half hour

To schedule for a group or individual session, you can reach Caroline at 770-205-5551.

Music Therapy and Leslie Uttan-Auslin, MA, BME, RMT

Treatment is provided by a professional therapist who has more than 35 years experience in music therapy.  She has extended knowledge in working with children with various diagnosis.  She holds certification in the field of music therapy.

Leslie Uttan-Auslin truly believes that music touches children in ways that other therapies do not.  Music therapy is unique in it’s ability to change behavior, provide positive reinforcement of appropriate, acceptable behaviors, and encourage positive growth

Leslie Uttan is a registered music therapist and has been practicing for 30+ years. She holds a Master’s of Special Education from Columbia University and a Bachelors’s of Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She was an assistant professor at Henderson State University as Director of the Music Therapy program. She has recently retired from the pubic school system in New Jersey as the Director of vocal music/theater/performing arts. Leslie has chosen to come back to her roots, and is a true believer in the power of music and its ability to help those learn to express themselves independently and uniquely.

We are honored to have her at Kidz Therapy Networks spreading her voice and musical therapeutic talents to those children in need.

Why it Works

Music therapy is a non-traditional treatment beyond counseling and medication available to children afflicted by ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and Autism. There are a number of remarkable benefits that can be gained from alternative treatments. In particular, it has been proven that standard regimens have been complemented and boosted by music therapy.

Essentially, music therapy involves using music to enhance wellness. It has been described by the American Music Therapy Association as the evidence-based and clinical use of music intercessions to achieve personalized goals inside of a therapeutic relationship conducted by a qualified professional. Mood is influenced by music and can assist children with ADHD by lessening and enhancing their symptoms of impulsivity and restiveness.

Writing song lyrics, creating music, listening to music and playing with pre-recorded music in the background are all aspects of music therapy. Music is used by therapists to initiate and boost communication with children regarding their feelings. It is not necessary to be musically talented to benefit from this type of therapy and the musical styles used are equally therapeutic.

This makes the music therapy approach both accessible and versatile. Music therapy is also used to assist children on the autism spectrum, victims of serious brain trauma and seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. The focus and attention of children with ADHD can be bolstered by music therapy. It also strengthens social skills and decrease hyperactivity.

 

The Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy in collaboration with other therapies, such as speech, occupational, physical, etc. works well to achieve common goals. This is due to music being a non -threatening, enjoyable, and preferred activity for children. Music can be used to increase vocabulary, attention, task-completion, coordination, inflection and rhythm of language, cognitive processing skills, and positive reinforcement. Music is unique in that a child can succeed and build confidence to be applied in other areas of concern. Often times children are successful in the area of music  through its individualistic therapeutic approach. In music therapy a child can learn to play an instrument including singing that he/she could use as a coping tool to help facilitate self regulation. Learning this new instrument or activity can become an independent hobby and positive asset for children to share or connect with family or peers. Leslie Uttan-Auslin

 

 

ADHD and Music Therapy

Music is remarkable at providing structure. Rhythm is instrumental to music and is the main source of structure. Structure provides a soothing interlude to an ADHD brain trying to normalize itself to remain on a linear path. Music has a clear end, middle and beginning and this structure assists a child with ADHD in planning, anticipating and reacting. Additionally, music can ignite synapses.

Studies have revealed that pleasurable music increases levels of dopamine in the brain. This is a neurotransmitter, that is tasked with regulating attention, motivation and working memory, which is in deficit in ADHD brains. Brain imaging is used to observe how music ignites the right and left lobes. The aim of music therapy is eventually to build the activated brain muscles to assist overall function.

We are currently providing music therapy at Kidz Therapy Network for children affected by ADHD. For more information on how your child can benefit from music therapy, please contact us immediately at Kidz Therapy Networks.