9th September 2016
‘Finley is a little boy that I worked with at a children’s hospice. He was a very poorly little one, having several seizures a day and often being exhausted and unresponsive. Fin used little eye contact and struggled to engage or communicate in any way. He was often ‘in a bubble’ which made play difficult with him and due to problems with his hands, Fin could not grip or grasp items easily. In music therapy, Finley was freed from his impairments. He reached forward and played the chimes – showing awareness when I mirrored him on the piano and actively looking for me to respond when he sounded them. Fin used eye contact, which was incredibly significant for him! When I picked up on the smallest of vocal sounds that he created and extended this, Fin began to sing with me in a communicative way. He knew that I was there. He wanted to communicate with me. He knew that I was attuned to him and could engage on an entirely different level. For such a little one he was incredibly expressive through the music and it was a medium which could reach him regardless of his state of health on any given day…it’s a touching clip.’ Roz, Music Therapist
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