Music therapy is a dynamic way to use music making and singing to help disabled children grow and develop in lots of ways.
It can help a child with skills such as using their voice and speech, interacting with other children and adults, using their hands, managing their emotions and generally supporting their confidence and wellbeing.
Here are three simple music making techniques you might like to try at home to help your child with their vocal sounds and social interaction.
Making silly or rude noises – blowing raspberries, making squeaks and whoops – can really encourage children to use their voices.
Look at each other in a mirror as seeing the silly faces can add to the fun and also help children to develop their social understanding.
Call and response
Whatever sounds your child is making – babbling, humming, blowing bubbles – copy the sounds back to them and see how they respond.
This may lead to a conversation where you use sounds and gestures instead of words.
The sense of give and take, of listening, responding and waiting can be lots of fun. And it can help you to connect with your child without the need for language.
Good old-fashioned nursery rhymes like This Little Piggy, Round and Round the Garden, Pop Goes the Weasel are a great way to have fun and stimulate your child’s responses.
Young children really enjoy the feeling of anticipation and resolution of the rhymes and the element of touch through gentle tickling or stroking also helps children’s motor skills and awareness of their bodies.
Try these and tell us it goes. More tips coming soon…
And here’s our short video showing how music therapy helps disabled children.
CPotential Music Therapist