Speak Up!

Although music has some intrinsic value in encouraging communication, the music therapist can utilize specific strategies to help facilitate language. Consider these strategies: 1. Set the occasion for spontaneous interaction through pleasant, interesting music experiences. 2. Create a need to communicate by providing choices and asking for opinions. 3. Increase your sensitivity to other’s needs and opinions. 4. Use prompts or cues as needed to facilitate communication. 5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, Keep quiet! Listen purposefully and actively.