Children at Music Club are helped to develop communication skills by improvising with the therapist, and auditory skills by listening to different instruments. They start to learn to focus and follow instructions by following the therapist’s movements, stopping when he stops, and taking their turn with others. Many show an increase in confidence and self-esteem, starting to make eye contact and interact as they experience the joy of making music.
FEEDBACK FROM PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE
- 44% said their child was beginning to socialise and to make friends
- 66% said their child’s development has improved
- 66% said their child’s focus and ability to follow instructions have improved
- 40% said their child’s ability to listen has improved
- 88% said their child’s confidence and self-esteem has increased
Q was diagnosed with epilepsy and global development delay aged 2. He was on several anti-epileptic medicines in an attempt to control his seizures. Subsequently Q‘s development stopped, he was unable to concentrate for more than a minute and bar a few words he was non-verbal. Q started at Music Club 18 months ago and his weekly session is the highlight of his week.
Q‘s seizures have now stopped and he has now become more alert, his concentration is improving and he has now started talking, aged 5. Q developed an amazing rapport with Edison (the music therapist) and has already achieved more than we could have ever hoped. His confidence increases every week.
Edison knows how to make Q achieve, using techniques that have proven to work as he has learned to read 5 notes of music and their position on the piano and he responds to Edison’s instructions.
Q can still be reserved at school or health appointments, but with Edison his confidence explodes and he learns. This new found confidence that Edison gives him has given him increased confidence in all other areas proving immensely important to his ongoing development. Q has now been able to start at Music School.
“We cannot thank Edison and the BBC Children in Need enough for the joy it brings to Q and also us as parents, as we can see how happy he is.”