The Connected Music Therapy Teleintervention Approach (CoMTTA) and its application to family-centered programs for young children with hearing loss

An article from the Australian Journal of Music Therapy highlights how telemusictherapy has helped increase access to music therapy services and foster interpersonal connections between children and family members/caregivers. Telemusictherapy, or music therapy implemented by a credentialed professional via video call, was identified by Fuller and McLeod (2019) as an area of needed growth. Researchers conducted weekly, group telemusictherapy sessions with children with hearing impairments and their family members/care givers. Sessions incorporated movement, instrument play (including the use of homemade instruments), listening, and relaxation interventions targeting skill development in auditory, language, and social areas. Fuller and McLeod (2019) found that the telemusictherapy sessions helped bring services to those living in rural areas who may not otherwise have access to treatment, fostered interpersonal interactions between children and family members/ care givers, and encouraged parental leadership skill development.

Reference

Fuller, A.M., & McLeod, R.G. (2019). The Connected Music Therapy Teleintervention Approach (CoMTTA) and its application to family-centered programs for young children with hearing loss. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 30, 12-30. https://www.austmta.org.au/system/files/ajmt_vol_30.pdf