At St Rose’s and St Martin’s we offer music therapy to children and students as part of their individual therapy programme.
Music is a powerful medium which plays a fundamental role in human identity and culture. Playing an instrument or listening to music helps to connect students with themselves and others. It can stir memories and resonate with students’ feelings, helping with self- expression and communication with others. It involves using sounds and music to support and develop students’ physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
The use of this therapy with students at St Rose’s and St Martin’s who have a learning disability concentrates on the use of music as a means of communication, self-expression and interaction. Most therapy sessions are one-to-one, although group work is used where it is beneficial to the students. Music therapy can help to:
Empower students by offering choices
Encourage and stimulate physical movement and co-ordination, enabling students to develop more control over gross motor skills, and also on fine motor movements and increased hand and eye coordination.
Music therapy at St Rose’s is provided by a specialist Music Therapist. Music therapy is state registered as an arts psychotherapy and is governed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.