Evolving our service to continue support families during Covid-19
Our offer of Music Therapy has adapted so that we can continue to help families remotely in various ways. Initially this meant phone and Zoom calls, expanding to include designing and distributing musical and video resources to families.
Our online service evolved to include: parent and staff workshops, assessments, individual and group therapy sessions and summer holiday groups, all by video call. Parents valued this contact, for example saying:
"He is doing well and I can see his progress when we are singing together...Your ideas are great and helpful for us."
After attending an online workshop, another parent commented:
"Enjoyed workshop, nice to be introduced to other families in same situation...nice to hear there is hope at the end of the tunnel with using music as an interaction."
We found that working with families virtually in their homes opened up new opportunities and increased our flexibility as therapists. For many children, being in their home environment for sessions has enabled them to share and show their favourite toys from home on screen. For one example, one little girl who had previously struggled with making it into the Music Therapy room was able to relax and engage online. One week this included baking a cake together and singing about it with Mum on screen, something that couldn't have happened in the Music Therapy room!