Through the power of technology, Ty Aberdafen has continued their national lottery funding for music therapy via Zoom despite the pandemic. Through our partnership with Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, weekly sessions with Lucie Phillips, Music Therapist, has helped the people we support immensely; physically, mentally and emotionally.

Weekly sessions with Nordoff Robbins music therapist Lucie Phillips, have helped the residents people we support immensely; physically, mentally and emotionally. It has helped the residents with their confidence, self-esteem, control, hand to eye coordination, speech, encouragement to use instruments with their less functional limbs, social interaction and turn taking, plus they all thoroughly enjoy it.

One of our residents, John has had an improvement in his speech since receiving regular music therapy sessions. It started when John and Lucie made a song together to help him say his name and how he was feeling, it has grown from there and he has a collection of short songs which enable him to say short phrases such as ‘excuse me I’m hungry’ and ‘I need to go shopping for …….’. John has learnt that if he is supported to say what he needs to say in a rhythm/tune it comes out easier.

Thankfully, through the power of technology the music therapy has continued during the pandemic via Zoom. One on one sessions have been facilitated using iPads and then a group session at the end of the day via a projector.

Fiona Cull, our Activities Co-Ordinator at Ty Aberdafen, told us “I think it’s wonderful to witness how much the residents have developed over time, not just musically but with their confidence, patience, speech and abilities. I feel music therapy has had a positive effect on those involved.”

Lucie added “It’s been great that we’ve been able to continue providing music therapy for the residents at Ty Aberdafen, albeit online. We’ve all had to find new ways of working this year, and whilst therapy over Zoom has its limitations, it is still contributing towards the therapeutic, clinical aims and general wellbeing of all involved.”

“The level of engagement we’ve seen from those attending music therapy online has been excellent, and everyone always seems to work hard in their sessions, pushing themselves and feeling motivated to focus throughout. There are many aims that participants have been able to continue working on through music therapy. For example, social skills (communicating, interacting, listening, awareness of others, reducing isolation), cognitive skills (decision making, initiation, reasoning, memory), physical skills (working on using weaker limbs in a fun, engaging way), emotional regulation (helping to relax, increasing low mood, maintaining contentment, compassion), and for those who live with severe fatigue and impairment, we have seen how some weeks, music therapy can help stimulate to a point of participation.”

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