Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Jacqueline Sumner, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Kris McHale, DNP, RN


Children with developmental delays have barriers to accessing early interventions to help develop their childhood milestones. An accessible intervention considered a universal language to all cultures is integrative music therapy. Music therapy paired with in-home care can create a healing environment for children to learn developmental skills, initiate play, and express their emotions with the nurse’s guidance. An integrative music therapy educational program was developed using Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring as a theoretical framework for the pediatric nurses working in a rural Midwest home health care company. The goal of the educational program is to promote awareness of music therapy’s benefits in the child’s development and the nurse’s presence in practice through self-reflection. The project will utilize pre and post assessment surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational program, in which the results can indicate opportunities for further education and research. A metaphor was developed to help healthcare providers and parents understand the purpose of integrating music therapy in practice for children with developmental delays. Children with developmental delays must continue to overcome the stagnation in their developmental milestones to decrease the risk of poor health outcomes. Through the educational program, nurses will be able to create a therapeutic environment and use their presence to help their client improve their development.


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