Listening to music is a fun activity proven to be highly beneficial to one’s mental and physical health. Many see this as an activity to pass the time or a form of media to consume and enjoy.
Music is therapy. However, it takes more than listening to random music to reap its benefits.
As a research-based practice, music therapy studies how the benefits of music affect people’s cognitive, behavioral, emotional, communicational, social, physical, and mental aspects, and they use this to help people improve their overall health and well-being.
Music therapy sessions include singing, dancing, learning, and playing of instruments, and conversations about music. These sessions are often held within day services, schools, community centers, and personal residences. When conducted by a registered musical therapist (RMT), music therapy can help improve your condition holistically and achieve your goals as an individual.
So, if you’re looking to revamp your health and well-being, look no further because the NDIS funds music therapy. It falls under the support cluster of Capacity Building supports. It is considered an allied health service and is treated just like any other therapy service. Under the NDIS coverage, assessment, recommendation, and therapy sessions are included in their music therapy provision. It is also stated in the NDIS provider guide that music therapists are considered qualified therapists who can deliver therapeutic support.
Now that you know the NDIS can cover music therapy let’s dig a little deeper. Exactly how can you have the NDIS cover music therapy? Here’s how it can be covered:
- You have NDIS funding allotted in Capacity Building
- It is considered reasonable and necessary
- It is vital in achieving the goals in your plans
- It will be administered by a Registered Musical Therapist (RMT)
Do note that music therapy is different from the music itself, and the NDIS will not be funding any non-therapeutic musical activities or products. To to be eligible for music therapy funding, you need to explicitly state how it will help attain the goals enlisted in your plan.
Because the NDIS mainly focuses on helping people achieve their set goals, here are some researched benefits of music therapy that might help you reach yours:
- It improves motor skills and mobility
- It enhances mental processes and eases mental health
- It encourages the development of communication and social skills
- It greatly reduces physical pain, stress, and anger.
- It increases independence and self-control.
If you have now decided that music therapy is for you or your loved one, you can contact your NDIS support coordination provider to incorporate it into your plan. Once approved, you will begin to work closely with your registered musical instrument, who will assess, plan, and facilitate a music therapy program that will best cater to your needs.
They may also work with other family members, your healthcare team, and other qualified professionals to ensure the best possible outcome from your plan. Deciding to have music therapy included in your project is a great choice that will forward you towards improving many aspects of your condition and overall well-being.