Help a child with brain injury learn to sing through the transformative gift of music therapy
Rob’s story about his daughter Nieve
“If we met on a bus and got talking, and I asked you if you knew what music therapy was, what would you say?
It might seem an unusual thing to bring up. Most people chat about the weather I suppose. But I spent months last year taking six buses a day to get to my daughter Nieve in hospital, and back again to get my son from school, and music therapy was just coming into our life.
At that point, I probably thought it was just tambourines and well-meaning sing-songs. But after Nieve, who is 13, was run over on a zebra crossing by a drug driver, I found myself in a world where I had to learn about all these things I wish I’d never had to.
And now that I have learned about what music therapy can do, I would really like more children who’ve had a terrible brain injury to benefit from it too.”
When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, they can lose the ability to walk and talk, and feel hopeless.
But music therapy can have a powerful effect. The brain is always searching for patterns, and those in music can help to create new pathways and connections in the brain for movement and communication, to get around those that have been lost.
For all of the children who come to The Children’s Trust, their lives have been changed forever by their brain injury. Music therapy can help them reach their full potential in rehabilitation to learn to move and walk again, and to communicate and talk again.
If you’d like to give the gift of transformative music therapy this Christmas, you can help a child with brain injury reconnect with the world around them and relearn the skills they’ve lost.
Dr Jonathan Pool
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This is what the gift of music therapy can do for a young person with brain injury
You’ll be giving the gift of music therapy to help a child with brain injury by:
- creating new brain pathways for communication and controlling movement
- triggering memories that connect a child back to their world
- encouraging humming, shaping sounds, talking again
- giving favourite rhythms to support walking again
- making repetitive hard work fun
- helping adjust to a different life, with hope.
Music therapy can reach places inside a child with brain injury that can transform their rehabilitation. It can re-connect them with the past and their world before their injury by triggering memories.
It can help children to re-learn how to communicate and move, and to progress faster, so they can approach this different life with hope and much-needed confidence.
gives a child with brain injury the opportunity to find their confidence again through musical theatre sessions, practicing songs and experimenting with different instruments.
enables a child with brain injury to enjoy a trip to a music concert giving them the chance to engage with music out in the community, helping to build confidence.
funds a group music therapy session enabling children with brain injury to practice the essential skills they are relearning throughout their rehabilitation, with the support of each other.