Chantel and Lydia

25 May 2017

Communication is the key

In addition to our dedicated clinics Nordoff Robbins also provides individual music therapy & group community music sessions at a number of external locations, for example Sunnyfield, a supported living centre for adults with disability.
Lydia has been attending the centre every week for more than a year to provide the individual music therapy sessions. In the beginning Lydia would work on relationships, rapport and communication skills.
It is the resident’s choice to attend the music therapy sessions, enjoying the interaction and each responding to the music in their own way.
Chantel is one such lady who regularly requests a one on one music therapy session with Lydia. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age and is non-verbal, however she communicates clearly to Lydia, gesturing with her eyes, varying facial expressions and will even nudge Lydia with her hand indicating what she wants to do.
Chantel LOVES her music. She enjoys vocalising loudly to the songs she loves, or laughing mischievously to fun songs Lydia has improvised about their friends and experiences at the group centre.

Chantel has been making her own music by strumming the guitar and is working hard at raising her hand high enough to strum the guitar all on her own and in a consistent manner, controlling her finger movements to create a beautiful sound.
In the past Chantel has been a little less co-operative in the sessions and Lydia is  really encouraged that she is committed to working hard on improving her skills through music therapy and at the same time she sees that Chantel is enjoying herself and obviously having fun. 
It’s been wonderful to see the achievements through music, of Chantel and other residents at the centre. 




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