Aim High Music Therapy is officially open, and we are excited to be here! And by we, I mean I, because at this point it's a one woman show. Maybe that will change in the future; I suppose one of the exciting things about starting a new company is that you really don't know where things are going to go. You only know there's something you can give the world that's worth the risk of finding out.
And so, welcome to the site blog. I intend this to be a resource; mostly I'll be talking about what music therapy is, what it does for people, and other resources for the groups that I'll be serving. I intend to keep it fairly informal-- I'll cite my sources so you can read the formal research, but my goal here is to be approachable in a way that a scientific journal isn't. Please feel free to ask questions! Obviously, I hope that some of you who are reading this will be interested in signing up for music therapy services, preferably from my company. But this blog isn't going to be about me trying to sell you something so much as me trying to share what has me excited enough to start this company at all.
To that end, I'm going to do a little self disclosure and explain why I became a music therapist.
Some disabilities are very obvious-- say, if you use a wheelchair or read Braille, everyone can tell what's up. And that comes with all sorts of interesting challenges and situations.
On the other hand, some disabilities can be next to invisible. And that can result in the assumption that a person is "weird" for no reason. If you haven't been diagnosed, it's all too easy to assume it about yourself.
That was my story, growing up. I was always very hypersensitive, very distracted, very disorganized. I remember having a school counselor in middle school tell me I was lazy, and just accepting it because I really didn't have an explanation for why I couldn't seem to do anything right (even though I was smart enough to get into an accelerated program). I struggled with appropriate social skills, often saying or doing things that my peers found bizarre or annoying.
And then, around the time I started high school, my Mom met a neurologist to talk about a sibling with similar problems, and everything changed.
It turns out that I have some "invisible" disabilities. ADHD and Sensory Proces