June 01, 2016
The Polk County DAC in East Grand Forks is lucky enough to be involved with the Music Therapy Program from the University of North Dakota! It is something our individuals look forward to each and every week. The program is a win-win situation. It brings so much joy and learning to our individuals, and it helps the UND students learn about the many different people they will encounter in their work lives and in their communities.
Many of our individuals are non verbal and have a difficult time expressing themselves. The music therapy that the students and instructors provide is often one of the few means that exist for the clients to open up in ways that many people simply take for granted. For example, physical flexibility: some of our clients are very tight (high tone muscles) and have a hard time reaching; during music therapy they can reach with ease once the music starts and with a scarf in hand. It brings pleasure to us to be able to be a part of this and watching some of our individuals express themselves through this therapy and the movement that comes along with music.
Our individuals are able to work on outcomes, without it being "work". During these sessions our individuals are able to work on social skills, turn taking, range of motion while using the scarves and instruments, patience, waiting our turn, working on articulation when requesting the next song and cause and effect just to name a few.
Val Cody Darren
Mark Bruce Mark