Music therapy is an established therapy recognised by the NHS, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and OFSTED and is particularly effective for children who have difficulty communicating verbally. The Music Therapists are all professionally qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate and achieve non-musical aims and to support a child's psychological, emotional, cognitive, sensory, physical, communicative and social needs through engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist. The child and therapist both adopt an active role by playing instruments, singing, listening, improvising, song-writing and/or participating in musical activities. For people affected by disability and illness working with a music therapist can be life changing. Children with autism develop emotional, social and communication skills.

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

Children and adults with various conditions such as:

  • Autism
  • Communication disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health problems
  • Dementia
  • Terminal illness
  • Sensory impairment
  • Physical difficulties
  • Emotional problems
  • Challenging behaviour

Where does SWSW support Music Therapy?

SWSW supports the work of Music Therapists at several local state and special needs schools:

  • Budehaven Community School and Bude Junior School,
  • Camelford Community Special Needs Unit
  • Otterham County Primary School
  • Pathfield School, Barnstaple