Music Therapy for children in Hertfordshire promotes the development of...
...both verbal and non-verbal communication skills through a mixture of structured musical activities and free improvisation.
With the music therapy services that The Owl Centre offers in Hertfordshire, children with any level of ability can benefit from the opportunity to express themselves within an enjoyable and creative environment.
Early intervention can support a child’s social and emotional development, and facilitate physical and cognitive development. Parents or carers can be involved, supporting the child in their music-making.
(British Association of Music Therapy 2013)
Specific reasons for referral include:
- Communication difficulties
- Developing verbal and non-verbal skills
- Emotional distress and behavioural problems
- Relationship difficulties
- Motor Skills
- Developmental delay
- Developing social interaction skills
Music therapy sessions
Music therapy sessions can take place in schools, nurseries, child development centres or at home. The Owl Centre offers 1:1 sessions with a child, or sessions with the child and family/carer. Each session lasts for 40 minutes, including time to get instruments ready at the beginning of the session, and to feedback at the end of the session.
Sessions can include a mix of familiar songs and activities and free improvisation. Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual child, using a positive interaction approach. Children do not need to be able to play an instrument to come to music therapy.
Music Therapy Assessment Sessions
Music therapy assessments take place over 3 sessions. The music therapist will be concentrating on assessing skills such as turn taking, eye contact, anticipation, listening and concentration, verbal, non verbal or preverbal skills, motor skills, and awareness of self and others. The music therapist will provide a report following the assessment, which includes observations made and suggested aims for further music therapy sessions.
Please click here to find information about our Music Therapists who provide Music Therapy services in and around Hertfordshire.