The extraordinary music box appeal from The Children's Trust
When a child acquires a brain injury, they often lose the ability to walk and talk, to focus, or do anything for themselves.Music can help a child with brain injury reconnect with the world around them and relearn the skills they’ve lost.

Jadae's story

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Jadae was seven years old when she was involved in a serious road accident that left her unable to move or communicate.Three months after the accident, Jadae moved to The Children’s Trust for specialist rehabilitation to relearn the skills she had lost. Music, fun and play were Jadae’s most powerful motivators and staff at The Children’s Trust ensured this was an integral part of her therapy.Jadae’s mum Caroline explained: “Singing helped Jadae with her breathing, which then helps with her talking. And it lifted her spirits. She was making great progress and started saying words. I was sat at the table with her and I said, ‘can you say Caroline?’ and she did! Oh my God, she did! I was literally crying with happiness hearing her.”Music helped Jadae focus on what she could do, rather than what she couldn’t. It was a fantastic motivator. When she returned home Jadae was able to sing, hold herself up and make progress towards walking independently once again.

The extraordinary music box appeal

The brain recognises and responds to the patterns in music, and so music can create new pathways in the brain for communication and telling the body how to move after injury.
  • We can use favourite rhymes and songs from before a child’s accident to trigger a memory and spark the start of coming back into the world, to the people who love them.
  • We can use music to encourage a child to hum, shape sounds, sing, and talk again, often hesitantly at first but in time with confidence!
  • We can help a child move their hands and legs again through music. Plucking strings helps with finger control. Rhythms from a favourite song help with getting up and moving, potentially walking.
  • And we can use music to help a child relax, have a little fun, and smile again.

Support Our Extraordinary Music Box Appeal

  • Donate music related items and memorabilia to our charity shops or partners. Find your nearest shop.
  • Make a donation. Just £10 gives a child with brain injury the opportunity to find their confidence again through musical theatre sessions; practicing songs and experimenting with different instruments.