Music Therapy and Sensory Processing Disorder

Published by Sara Chigani on: Mar 03, 2020 — Music Therapy

Music therapy is about building a safe space, somewhere to feel equal, a foundation of experience in which to remember in our bodies a spectrum of emotion and connection with a process of connection among others equally being in their own space.

Donna Williams, BA Hons, Dip Ed.

This statement speaks to me as a music therapist because it is critical to meet clients where they are so we can affect a positive change. Our clients are unique individuals and those with SPD perceive and/or respond to sensory information differently than most other people. Unlike people who have impaired sight or hearing, those with Sensory Processing Disorder do detect the sensory information; however, the sensory information gets “mixed up” in their brain and therefore some of the responses are inappropriate in the context in which they find themselves. As therapists, we advocate and educate professionals, parents, and caregivers about music therapy techniques that could be positive for clients with SPD.

Gina G. Glidewell, MT-BC

SI and Processing Disorder


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