What a great workshop I participated in at the weekend! The Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy team were excellent and had us singing, clapping and trying out crazy musical instruments like Boom Wackas!
We were there to:
- find out more about the benefits of music therapy
- get an update on the NB project (working with youngsters in North Berwick schools), and
- to meet other supporters and interested parties
We found about what music therapy actually is, about how Music Therapists are trained, who can benefit from therapy and how music therapy can help. The videos of the children during a session were very emotional to watch and the benefits obvious to all. We were laughing and crying as we watched.
The music therapists showed great skill as they improvised on the piano whilst interpreting our actions. I’ve been singing ‘Belle Mama’ ever since!
Recently a colleague got in touch asking if it would be possible to borrow some resources for a wee lad with ASN (additional support needs) in nursery who was very motivated by sensory toys – sadly we had nothing to lend.
That got us thinking – what could we do to help. Where could we find resources? This is what we’ve come up with. If you have other ideas we’d love to hear them.
The Hub at Sanderson’s Wynd primary school
The Pre-5 Visiting Teacher (Outreach) – Laura Girvan firstname.lastname@example.org
COTS – Communication Outreach Teaching Service – 0131 665 8640
The Special Needs Toy Library, Musselburgh, £10 annual membership fee for groups, £5 individual membership. it’s based at East Lothian Resource Base, Borders Scrapstore, Fisherrow Community Centre, South Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AT. Open on Wednesdays only 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
The Library Service, Schools Service based at Dunbar Road Haddington. 01620 828213 open until 5. They can provide interactive stories, dressing up items, puppets, lift the flap books and all sorts of lovely things!
Some catalogues have cheap and cheerful options
Seek and ye shall find!!