Behavioral supports are an array of services designed to support individuals who are experiencing or are likely to experience challenges accessing, and actively participating in the community as a result of behavioral, social, or emotional challenges. Behavioral support services are intended to empower individuals and families (by leveraging their strengths and unique abilities) to achieve self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, across all environments, across the lifespan.
Recreational Therapy addresses the challenges individuals have by using activities they already love or introducing them to and exploring new, therapeutic leisure pursuits. This gives the individual an opportunity to explore and help them become more independent and face their unique challenges. Therapy directly impacts the person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Recreational Therapists utilize a systematic, evidence-based treatment approach to meet personal goals and identified needs utilizing leisure activities - either as a stand-alone therapy service or as part of a support team.
Music therapy support can be used to aid development and growth in the following areas: social skills, communication, motor skills, emotional expression, coping skills, attention span, cognitive skills, and other identified need areas.
Music therapy helps to stimulate and develop attention and is often found to be a significant support for those with more complex needs and can be used to influence connectivity in multiple parts of the brain. Rhythm and melody are often used by music therapists to elicit changes in brain function, improving communication between the brain and body, to regulate intentional motor movement patterns that consequently can improve communication, body awareness and control, motivating changes in other areas in a person’s life.