Key Changes Music Therapy

I came across this charity on the link spage of my son’s school website. I believe they have been into the school to run sessions. So my son has almost certainly benefited from this. And I know he would enjoy these sessions – he loves music. Most mornings he is up before us and entertains himself by going downstairs and putting a CD in the stereo and having a bit of a bop and a sing. He may have a learning difficulty but he seems well able to overcome that when its comes to figuring out how all the gadgets in the house work!

According to the Key Changes Music Therapy website:

“Music therapy is a creative therapy, a highly effective largely non-verbal approach to personal therapy. It is increasingly recognised as a valuable part of the care of people, of all ages, who have sensory, physical, learning or neurological disabilities, or who have emotional or behavioural problems. For many, the powers of speech are at best limited.”

“Music therapy is used to help people work through emotional issues enabling them to cope better with their lives.”

“In music therapy, although the emphasis is on the process of creating music in a live and spontaneous way, musical skills are not required for someone to benefit from this special work. Over time, a trusting relationship can develop through the music which therapist and client create together. This, in turn, can facilitate physical, mental, social and emotional development.”

Key Changes Music Therapy have been providing Music Therapy in Hampshire and its neighbouring counties since 1996 as the Hampshire branch of the MusicSpace Trust.

Key Changes Music Therapy undertakes a range of therapy work including:

  • Work on average with 300 clients, seen individually or in groups, ranging across pre-school to older age groups.
  • Many clients receive on-going music therapy. The average length of therapy is 1 year.
  • Work long-term with 14 schools throughout the area, including an integrated nursery, schools providing special education from age 2 – 19, and pupil referral units for children who are educated outside the school environment.
  • Other children’s services who have referred to Key Changes include a Youth Inclusion project, and a specialist service for children who have visual impairment.
  • Several adult day services and residential organisations buy in our service for those who have learning difficulties.
  • Adults with mental health needs refer themselves to group music therapy at a community unit.
  • A charity in Portsmouth providing rehabilitation for adults who have acquired brain injury, refer themselves for short-term groups.
  • Run occasional sessions for day patients attending a Hospice, as well as separate support sessions for their carers.
  • A county-wide Club system for Older People regularly requests one-off group sessions.
  • A NHS trust is funding a 6-month evaluated pilot project for group-work with adults who have acute mental health needs.

As well as providing regular music therapy, Key Changes Music Therapy also undertake assessments and provide workshops for organisations that care for people who could benefit from Music Therapy.

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