Colleague Linzi Elderfield has recently launched a new Music Therapy session which is delivered in partnership with Fraser from Nordoff Robbins, a Music Therapy charity.
Music Therapy uses music-making opportunities to encourage communication and participation, unlocking creativity and expression and developing physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. The sessions initially began towards the end of 2020 as a pilot which was taking place once a week, to see how people responded to the benefits of experiencing music during lockdown, and have been a huge success.
The Music Therapy sessions are a mixture of one-to-one classes, where Person Centred Plans are created to help someone based on their individual needs, such as improving verbal communication through singing, non-verbal communication with the use of Makaton, as well as improving social skills and creating friendships by attending group sessions with other people.
“I just wanted to drop you an email to say a huge thank you for arranging the music sessions with Linzi. I absolutely love it! It feels so personable and just so inviting – Fraser and Linzi are so warm and it feels so trusting and just a lovely environment for the ladies. I just wanted to say a big thank you – we all loved it.” – Residential Care Home Worker
After just a few sessions, Linzi was quick to see the impact these sessions were having on people, from how they first joined the session to how they were interacting towards the end. Music Therapy has also been an excellent way to work on call and response skills, for people to expect and anticipate what is coming next.
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