MUSIC THERAPY - USING MUSIC TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Everyone respond to music in a unique way and Music Therapy is beneficial with individuals and groups living with a range of challenges such as:
- Learning difficulties
- Depression and mental health problems
- Brain injury
- Life-threating or terminal illnesses
Music therapy and impact on children
Social Communication issues
Many of the children referred for Music Therapy will be children who have Autism or are on the Autistic Spectrum. Music Therapy provides a space to encourage and support interaction skills through music and can help to increase vocalisations and speech or singing. It can also help to improve eye contact, turn-taking, shared communication and self/other awareness.
Children can be referred to our service for a range of emotional issues such as trauma, bereavement or attachment issues. Children sometimes find it difficult to express themselves using words and so Music Therapy aims to provide a trusting therapeutic relationship for expressing and processing difficult feelings.
Many behavioural issues have an underlying emotional basis and we would generally work with children on this premise. However, some behavioural issues may require support in providing more systematic boundaries or detailed guidance from the educational psychology team. The Music Therapist would be able to advise you and signpost you to the right service.
We often work with children with learning difficulties and will usually have a specific clinical focus such as improving communication skills or providing a space for self-expression or peer interaction.
Music Therapy has often be used to support children with physical disabilities with aims such as:
- providing a space for self-expression
- Developing peer interaction skills
- Increased motivation for physical movement and control
All this we achieve in two phases:
Phase one - completely free of charge for children, adults, schools, care homes, day centres, hospitals - music therapy basic, which include music listening, interactive music-making and art therapy;
Phase two - Music Therapy in Partnership with Nordoff Robbins - the private provider of music therapy in the UK which developed their work over 50 years ago. They provide thousands of music therapy sessions a year to children and adults living with some of the most isolating and debilitating illnesses, disabilities and conditions. This phase is payable, and need referral from Beyond Adversity. Please fill the application form opposite.
More about Nordoff Robbins "Life-changing music" ...please, click here or click on photo below.
How can music therapy help?
Music therapy reaches through the barriers of an illness or disability and can have a life-changing impact on the individual and all those around them. It can help:
- With motivation and self-confidence
Children may be referred to our service for help with:
- Social Communication issues such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Selective Mutism
- Emotional problems such as Trauma, bereavement and attachment issues
- Learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
What are the benefits of Music Therapy?
- Increased communication, interaction, self-esteem and confidence
- The development of social skills -turn-taking, sharing and listening
- Development of self-awareness and awareness of others
- Expressing and understanding difficult feelings
- Development of co-ordination and motor skills