Music Therapy with IDD


Music therapy is beneficial for both children and adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our work, we use music therapy to increase independence and communication. Our experience working with persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities includes more specific diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and intellectual disabilities related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When working with the IDD population, music therapy sessions are uniquely beneficial in addressing goals. We work with clients, families, and caretakers to ensure our sessions are as successful as possible.

In group sessions, we work primarily on social and academic goals. Music assists us by creating a safe place for clients to have positive interactions with one another.

During individual sessions, we are able to focus on the specific strengths and challenges clients have while preparing them for group sessions or other social experiences. Both types of sessions provide the opportunity for a client to explore, learn, and grow in a safe space, increasing independence and improving quality of life.



• Music captures and helps maintain attention.
• Information can be embedded in music.


• Music can enable those without language to communicate, participate and express themselves non-verbally.
• Music can stimulate communication functioning because it is processed in both hemispheres of the brain.
• Music can promote the interpersonal timing and reciprocity of turn-taking, listening, and responding to others.