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My Philosophy of Music Therapy
 
I believe that music has the power to transcend words, bind individuals together in profound ways, motivate the most reluctant learner and impact the daily lives of those it touches. This incredible tool has been around since the beginning of human history and is a part of every known culture. Current research confirms what we have always thought; music has the ability to change the brain.
 
In my practice, I work with individuals who often struggle to learn spoken language, or even how to interact with other humans. I feel that music can become the bridge that connects one side with the other. It also has the advantage of planting the music maker into the “here and now.” Music must be experienced and it must be integrated into life.
 
Music TherapyParents, siblings, and grandparents are often part of the sessions. This affords the opportunity to share ideas that help support the child as he or she moves toward success. Families, too, need resources and guidance as they continue on their journey.
 
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Christine Barton, MM, MT-BC, has been a music therapist for over 20 years. She began her career in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She developed music therapy programs in both the Farmington Hills School District (outside Detroit) and Monroe Intermediate School District (outside Ann Arbor).  In each of these school districts, Chris worked within the autism, traumatic brain-injured, mentally impaired and preprimary impaired programs. She has also had experience in Hospice and Prison settings. She left Michigan for Indianapolis and began a private practice in 2004, Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies (CCCAT).
 
Chris & ChildWhat is Music Therapy?
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”
www.musictherapy.org
 
Individual Sessions
At CCCAT, Chris sees clients (birth through adulthood) who have autism spectrum disorders, hearing loss, sensory and communication disorders. Individual sessions are conducted with parents’ participation (siblings, too) in a relaxed, nurturing environment. Sessions are generally 45 minutes in length and typically include singing, playing instruments, moving, improvisation and composition.
 
Group Sessions
Chris developed the music therapy program at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis and conducts group sessions based on hearing age and developmental abilities. Focus is on listening, communication and reinforcement of classroom goals.
 
Chris also serves students in Developmental Preschool, Life Skills and Autism classrooms in the Zionsville Community Schools District.

 
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