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A free fun and inclusive music-making group for young children with their parents or carers

 

Ruth Hunston with a young boy

Who is this group for?

The group is suitable for children aged 0-5 who have additional needs such as:

  • physical disabilities
  • learning difficulties
  • global development delay
  • complex medical needs
  • communication difficulties
  • sensory needs
  • failure to thrive
  • acquired brain injury

Please note: the sessions are not suitable for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The sessions are for up to four children with their parents. Siblings are also welcome.

 

How can the sessions help my child?

Rhythm and music are tools for motivation, concentration and learning, and the skills that develop in music therapy often transfer to other areas of the child’s life. Music therapy can help children with their play skills, communication and confidence.

It can be particularly helpful for children who communicate non-verbally as it gives them ways to express themselves in other ways.

 

What happens in the sessions?

Our qualified Music Therapist carefully tailors the sessions around the needs of each child. She invites the children and parents to join in shared music making, using simple songs and instruments such as bells or drums.

 

How long are the sessions?

The sessions last 45 minutes.

 

When do they take place?

Wednesdays 11am – 11.45am during term time.

 

How can I join the sessions?

Please fill in the Request an Assessment form and send it to us.

We will then contact you to invite you in with your child to have a free informal practical assessment to make sure the sessions will benefit your child.

If we and you agree, Ruth will arrange a date for your child to start coming to Music Time.

 

Should parents attend?

Parents must come along with their child. We request that you arrive in good time for the session to start promptly.

 

How much do the sessions cost?

These sessions are free.