OT Benefits

Benefits of harp therapy from an occupational therapy perspective.

Targeted Occupations:

  • Creativity
  • Social Participation
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Activities of daily living (eg dressing skills involve crossing of the midline)

Skills / behaviours addressed:

  • Social-Emotional: o Self-confidence
    o Acceptance of diversity
    o Respecting others
    o Impulse/self-control
    o Managing stress
    o Communication (verbal/non-verbal)Social engagement
    o Teamwork
    o Cooperation with others
    o Relationship building
    o Listening

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)
  • Posture
  • Trunk stability
  • Crossing midline

Fine Motor Skills

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