Music therapy is a dynamic way to use music making and singing to help disabled children grow and develop in lots of ways.
For instance, music therapy can 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 ideas you might like to try at home to help your child with their communication and confidence.
Have your own Karoake Bar
Singing is a great way, especially for non-verbal children, to express themselves and develop confidence.
What are your child’s favourite songs? Join them listening to them (even if it’s Taylor Swift over and over again).
If you’ve got a toy microphone (or just a pretend one) sing along, taking turns to sing a verse and then sing the chorus together. You can share your favourite songs too – have a party!
Bang a pan or two
Choose a song with a strong beat that you all like, grab some pots and wooden spoons from the kitchen and play along.
All that banging will be helping your child with their basic rhythm skills, hand-eye coordination – and is very stimulating.
Go to gigs
For a more professional musical experience, take in a concert. Most classical orchestras have interactive, inclusive family days and concerts – check out your nearest venues and see what’s on offer.
Try these tips and tell us it goes. And here’s our short video showing how music therapy helps disabled children.
CPotential Music Therapist