Afford - Christmas Album
AFFORD Music Program
Our music therapist Catherine has been running individual and group sessions at Afford in Cranebrook this year.
Music therapy has been a great opportunity for the individuals involved to build cognitive, motor and communication/social skills including an increase in positive behaviours such as: sharing, following, leading, waiting and turn-taking. For some of our individuals including ‘Sam’ music therapy has been a significant part in developing and strengthening psychological/emotional skills such as; impulse control, acceptance, sense of accomplishment and increased emotional awareness.
“Sam was nervous meeting the music therapist last week, and appeared hesitant to engage in individual music therapy. This week, she immediately walked to the music therapist and hugged her, asking about music and when they would start”
‘Roger’ regularly assists the therapist to set up her instruments and hand them out. His enjoyment of music has appeared to increase over the past months wherein, he often tells the therapist how playing music makes him feel:
“Roger approached the therapist this week and said “I love this song! Do you know why? It always makes me feel so happy!”
What have we been up to this year?
This year at Afford we have played a variety of songs. Some of their favourites include: ‘Dancing Queen’ (ABBA), ‘Riptide’ (Vance Joy), ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ (Bobby McFerrin), ‘Yellow Submarine’ (The Beatles) and ‘Drag Me Down’ (One Direction). We have explored and enjoyed music through an array of activities including:
- Instrumental arrangements
- Musical Games
We have seen great gains in:
- Overall engagement
- Decision making
- Verbal Contribution
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Involvement and participation
- Interpersonal relationships
- Group behaviours
- Social interaction
Over the past month the group decided to put together some arrangements of Christmas songs drawing on each member’s talents. The project has expanded to recording a few tracks which you can hear below.