Music Therapy is commissioned from Nordoff-Robbins who employ highly skilled Music Therapists who are experienced with working with a range of children and adults including those who have ASD and associated anxiety and stress. Our Music Therapist is expertly trained to tune into each movement, reaction and expression of the individuals to discover how music can enrich their lives. This could be to communicate where words have failed, to socially connect with peers, staff and friends, and to build confidence and self-esteem. Positive interactions are fostered in sharing rhythm, music and song.
Music therapy may involve playing music and importantly making music together. This could be through improvisation, making use of music people already know and respond to, creating new music together, or working towards some kind of performance e.g. in a band or a choir.
Makaton signing is included in therapy as part of a total communication approach. OT targets may be included in the music sessions as the auditory stimulation may help some individuals with auditory/sensory processing needs.