“In my experience, I have collaborated with the music therapist on several students. Some of these students have been non-verbal or very limited verbally, students with autism, and some significantly phonologically impaired. The music therapist has supported my students with their communication goals by using a different modality for them to learn. Language is a critical skill for my students, and research shows that music and rhythm has been evidenced to increase these communication skills, both receptively and expressively for many clients. I have observed the music therapist working with many of my students, and have incorporated some of their techniques with students. I feel that music therapy has a definite benefit for those students who can access that part of the brain for learning that music therapy addresses.”— Laura K Engle, M.S., CCC-SLP