Palamai offers individual music therapy sessions for children with special needs of all abilities. Examples of populations served include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • …and many other disabilities

Neurologic Music Therapy is recognized as a related service through the Individual Education Program (IEP).  Palamai provides consultation, direct intervention, demonstration, and development of resources to assist in educational progress. The Palamai music therapist works with the IEP team offering co-treatment with school speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, and other staff.

Services in the school setting include an initial music therapy assessment, consisting of an interview with the IEP team, parent (and student if applicable). From the assessment, measurable, non-musical goals and objectives for therapy are determined based on the therapist’s observations and input from the IEP team, parent and student. The Transitional Design Model (see below) is used to determine the appropriate treatment by translating the non-musical goals into music therapy interventions and then relating how these eventually transfer to real-life application. This model is used to determine which standardized interventions to implement, though each intervention is specifically constructed for each client.

To begin the enrollment process for music therapy services, please email

Transitional Design Model

  1. Diagnostic and functional assessment of the patient
  2. Development of therapeutic goals/objectives
  3. Design of functional, nonmusical therapeutic exercises and stimuli
  4. Translation of step 3 into functional therapeutic music experiences
  5. Transfer of therapeutic learning to functional, nonmusical real-world applications

Source: Thaut, M. H. (2005). Rhythm, music, and the brain: Scientific foundations and clinical applications.