Music therapy is an interactive, primarily non-verbal intervention. It provides a process through which children can express themselves, become aware of their feelings and interact more easily. Music therapy can provide new insights into a child’s functioning. Therapists work with all age ranges, in a wide variety of settings.
- communication disorders
- learning disabilities
- mental health problems
- physical difficulties
- emotional problems
- challenging behaviour
Music Therapy Sessions
In music therapy sessions, the child and therapist spontaneously create interactive music. When working with groups, while spontaneous musical activity is encouraged, structured musical activities and songs are often used. This structure allows space for each group member to engage in whatever way they need at that time.
The therapist seeks to establish contact with the child through the shared use of sound. Any form of communication from the child is welcomed and could include the child’s music, vocal sounds, movement, words or facial expression. By establishing a relationship through music, the child can experience and explore new ways of relating, leading to development and change.
The child does not need any musical training or experience in order to make use of music therapy. Accessible instruments are provided for the child to play. These might include a selection of percussion instruments.
Our music therapy group
The aims of our music therapy group are primarily non-musical, and are determined by the needs of each child. Typically, they might include:.
- increasing communication, interaction and self expression
- developing an awareness of self and others
- providing emotional support
- supporting emotional bonding with family members
- developing skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking
- developing co-ordination and motor control
- increasing self confidence
In our group mums, dads, grandparents, guardians, carers and siblings are all welcome. This provides a special setting in which families can support each other as well as their own child/children’s developmental and emotional needs. Encouraging shared musical activities and physical interactions within each family unit is central and a really valued part of our group ethos. This kind of intimate attention is particularly important for the emotional development of all children.
If you require any further information please feel free to mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact The Waterford Down Syndrome Association for further contact details. Helen Arthur, Music Therapist
Much of the information provided here comes from the Association of Professional Music Therapists and can be accessed on www.apmt.org