Music Therapy

At Silver Creek Pre-School, music therapy aims to support the overall developmental growth of each child. A music therapist works alongside and in conjunction with other therapeutic disciplines and teachers to promote, maintain and restore mental, physical and emotional qualities in students. Music therapy sessions include singing, listening, moving, playing and creative activities, using many types of instruments and exploring many styles of music. These activities work to increase auditory attention, auditory discrimination, self-awareness, self-regulation, and coping skills.

The many ways in which music therapy is practiced at Silver Creek are listed below.

Classroom music therapy

Classroom music therapy is a strong focus of the music therapy program, occurring weekly in every class. Classroom music therapy focuses on the following goals:

  1. To promote increased confidence and social comfort through participation in instrumental play and the singing of songs.
  2. To promote increased auditory attention through initiating and sustaining body movements that correspond to the beat of a presented song.
  3. To promote group cooperation and impulse control. (Activities include: holding and moving the parachute, waiting and taking a turn, and sharing an instrument with the therapist or with a peer.)

Music and movement groups

Throughout the year, different groups of children with similar physical needs participate together in gross motor musical activities. These activities include: maneuvering through obstacle courses, body awareness songs, trunk control in sitting to allow reaching in all directions, transitional movements, standing balance, and activities using the parachute. All groups are planned in conjunction with an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, assistant OTA/PTA, and music therapist.

Individual and small group music therapy

Individual sessions are offered as needed, and are structured to meet the needs of the child. Small group therapy works in partnership with speech or physio/occupational therapy. Goals for both individual and small group therapy are created to suit the needs of the children.

Testimonials

Amy De Domenico

My two hearing impaired daughters were placed in classrooms with excellent peer language role models to assist in their language and articulation development. They received individualized programs to meet their needs. Silver Creek prepared them well for mainstream kindergarten. We are forever grateful.

Angela Pires

Silver Creek has given my son the tools that are necessary to succeed in school, and in life. Their patience and love have guided my son to develop in ways that words can’t describe. He is a confident individual who thrives on challenges and I thank Silver Creek for that. Actually, I thank all the members of Silver Creek for all they have done. It is truly a great place to be.

Linda and Darcy DeMonte

The staff at Silver Creek are wonderful people and amazing at what they do. They are a great resource to have as well; very knowledgeable, willing and able to help us as parents through the complicated process of raising a child with special needs. Thank you Silver Creek

Maryanne Tecimer

Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.

The Gedi Family

Fadhil has become a more confident boy ready to take on the world. He is able to sign and communicate his needs very efficiently. I am no longer worried about how he will do in school because of the great accomplishments that I have seen while he was at Silver Creek. Thank you for giving us courage and strength.

Farah Fua and Roy Ramnarine

The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.

Julie Guzzo

Silver Creek is a wonderful, caring and enriching experience for pre-schoolers. The program met our expectations (which were high!) because we had spoken with other parents whose children previously attend Silver Creek Pre-School. The teachers and staff exceeding our expectations.

Anonymous

The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisers whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.

Maya Dansereau

I will never forget the moments when interacting with my children’s teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapist and volunteers how obvious it was they were fulfilling their truest calling in supporting them and all children. I feel profoundly lucky and grateful knowing that my children’s path forward is brighter now because of them.

Christopher Graci, 4 years old

The things I like about Silver Creek: 1. Playing on the computer 2. Playing dress-up with my friends 3. I like when the teachers read books to me 4. I also liked to spend time with Bill. He used to tell me jokes.They were very, very, very, very funny. 5. My favourite activity was listening to music