Therapists increasingly use handchimes as well as handbells as part of their music therapy programs because of the versatility and flexibility of the medium. Therapists appreciate that participants do not need prior musical training or extensive instruction to be part of a handchime group. They also find it easy to set up the group and manage additions or substitutions of group members as patients start and end their therapies. Since handchime performing requires participants to both perform independently and work cooperatively, it presents a powerful, real-life way to teach – and reward – positive social behaviors. Therapists report that the handchime programs provide an important complement to one-on-one therapeutic efforts.
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