Abby is employed part time at Springfield House School providing music therapy to children with learning disabilities, special needs, autism, challenging behaviour and communication disorders.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy utilises the fact that physiological and psychological musical patterns are integral to all human life. Every individual, regardless of any disability or illness, responds to music in a unique way. For many people who are at elevated risk and feeling isolated and vulnerable, the use of music in therapy can help to make connections and enable the exploration and expression of individuality, personality and social and cultural diversity.
Music therapy sessions involve live music making. Well-known pieces and pre-recorded music may be used but often free improvisation is a key element. Pupils receiving music therapy are encouraged to use percussion and other instruments in order to explore the world of sound. Abby supports the child’s sounds through improvising with them. In this way pupils quickly realise that musical ability is not relevant as all sounds are incorporated within the music they make together. The confidence and engagement this engenders means that over time a trusting relationship can evolve and through which emotions can be expressed and issues explored within a safe environment.
If you would like to find out more about Music Therapy please visit http://www.musictherapyworks.co.uk/