Check out this nice article in Disabilty Scoop addressing how parenting style has a big impact on children with disabilities.
The researchers found that even though it may seem natural to allow behaviors, or eradicate behaviors, finding the sweet spot somewhere in between is the key to teaching independence and skills for the future. It’s wonderful to see how this is so in line with parenting typically developing kids.
As a music therapist, I balance in this place as a clinician at the piano, guitar, djembe, or other music experience. It’s in that space of gently guiding my clients towards free self expression and also creating aesthetic beauty in sound. It’s in that space, in that relationship we develop together, that the learning and insight happens.