Music Therapy for Children
ENABLING CHILDREN TO FIND A ‘NEW VOICE’
For children with life-limiting conditions, music therapy can help to address important developmental needs. Not least because it provides an excellent means to increase a child’s communication, interaction and social skills as well as enhancing physical skills and promoting their overall wellbeing.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation Music Room at Haven House, a children’s hospice in Woodford, Essex, has been funded by the Foundation since 2014. It is a nurturing environment in which young children, their siblings and their parents can enjoy music together, but also engage with qualified therapists. A number of the children at Haven House are receiving end-of-life care and so creating a good quality of life for them is of the utmost importance.
As well as funding the building of the room and the musical equipment, we also provide funding for music therapy. The therapists’ work, using simple techniques such as encouraging the singing of a favourite song, has a huge impact on the children’s wellbeing, motivation and development.
Since 2013, we have also funded the Amy Winehouse Music Therapy Programme at the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Children from across London, Essex and Hertfordshire come to the centre to help them address a number of issues – from communication difficulties to motor problems – and to become as independent as possible.
Our therapy programme forms an important part of this work. It allows both toddlers and young children to express themselves via structured music sessions which build self-esteem and confidence among participants. Perhaps most importantly, it allows the children to develop a ‘new voice’ with which they can communicate with others.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY:
“Our daughter has benefited from weekly music therapy so much! We are grateful that she has the opportunity of attending sessions here. She has come on leaps and bounds through music, participating and enjoying her time with the Therapist and other pupils. Her ability to understand things like repetition, cause and effect and wait your turn is having a huge impact on her life. She is able to transfer these skills throughout her day, into her lessons at school, playing games at home and throughout her daily living. She is a social child, who relishes being in the company of her peers. What better way to do this than through music and having fun!”