Music Therapy Works
Music therapy can address a number of sensory needs for children and adults with special needs as it provides concrete, multi-sensory stimulation (auditory, visual, and tactile). For example, the rhythmic component of music can assist in the cognitive organisation of sensory systems for those individuals diagnosed with autism. As a result, auditory processing and other sensory-motor, perceptual/ motor, gross and fine motor skills can be enhanced through music therapy. Music therapy sessions support the development of skills such as:
release and exploration of emotions
non-verbal and verbal communication
use of both gross and fine motor movements
sequential memory and recall of information
self-management of behaviour
active, improvised music making (using both instruments and voice
Regency High School is fortunate in having two music therapists working onsite across the week:
Eleanor Tingle MPhil, HCPC registered Music Therapist, and Neurologic Music Therapist:
Eleanor provides expertise and clinical input across the school population, with a focus on psychotherapeutically informed practice with those pupils who experience social, emotional and mental health concerns.
Music Therapy is an ideal medium for pupils who may not be able to access verbal counselling and need a safe environment to express their emotions. Issues can be safely explored and considered through improvised and well-known music. Song writing and other life narrative work may be used to process feelings and experiences, build resilience and address concerns such as attachment and bereavement.
Eleanor also works closely with the well-being team and the senior leadership team in ensuring appropriate support can be accessed by every pupil who requires some additional help.
Having recently gained a further qualification in Neurologic Music Therapy, Eleanor will also be drawing on this practice to support pupils at Regency.
Holly Blundell, HCPC registered Music Therapist:
Holly provides 1:1 and group music therapy sessions with a focus on developing social skills, facilitating self-expression and considering sensory needs
For more information please visit the Music Therapy Works Website
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