OT Benefits

Benefits of harp therapy from an occupational therapy perspective.

Targeted Occupations:

  • Creativity
  • Social Participation
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Activities of daily living (skills in self care may increase)

Skills / behaviours addressed:

  • Social-Emotional:

Acceptance of diversity
Respecting others
Managing stress
Communication (verbal/non-verbal)

  • Social engagement

Cooperation with others
Relationship building

  • Sensorimotor:
    Sensory: “Sensory integration is the process of organising sensory inputs so that the brain produces a useful body response and also useful perceptions, emotions, and thoughts.” (Ayres, 1979, p. 28)

Tactile (touch
Vestibular (balance)
Visual (vision)
Auditory (hearing)
Proprioception (body position in space)

  • Gross Motor Skills

Upper extremity range of motion
Upper extremity strength
Bilateral integration (coordination of both sides of body)
Praxis (motor planning)
Trunk stability
Crossing midline

  • Fine Motor Skills

Shoulder control/stability
Grip strength
Eye-hand coordination
Prehension (grasp)
Bilateral hand use

Ayres, A. J. (1972/2005). Sensory Integration and the Child. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.