Afford & Music Therapy
AFFORD Music Therapy Groups
Music therapy group sessions have been taking place at AFFORD Mt Druitt. The group includes a range of activities such as drumming, movement and singing. The sessions aim to stimulate and expand on social interaction and participation between clients and staff.
Recently staff have been stepping out of their comfort zone to involve themselves in group singing and really taking the lead. With increased staff particpation we have also noted an increase in clients overall engagement.
Last week expanding on previous repertoire the group successfully attempted and completed the drumming circle activity ‘pass the beat’, a new activity that was introduced to assist with socialisation. This was a new activitiy for the group and something that would have proved difficult a few months ago. Through the activity we saw the improvement of fine motor movement, cognitive expansion through turn taking and verbalising people’s names when making decisions and positive social interaction from emotional expression.
Adam & Alex
Adam has been participating in one of one music therapy sessions through AFFORD Mt Druitt. Adam generally needs strong prompting to participate in sessions. Adam gernallly has minimal verbal input, often resorting to one word responses or singing.
Adam has recently begun individual sessions with Alex. Throughout a structured music therapy session, Adam has been exposed to a mixture of instruments and musical activities that allow or prompt the expansion of speech and social engagement. Individual music therapy sessions have afforded Adam the opportunity to communicate and make decisions.This week Adam took it upon himself to choose a song (I’m a believer- Monkeys) and sing sections of the song. Adam sang with minimal prompting but also was able to verbalise full sentences that were part of the song.