Music Therapy for young people at Calaiswood Out of School Club

Archived news: published on Tuesday 19 Jul 2016 by Fife Council

Fife Childcare Services recognising the value of any intervention which reaches out to children and young people, has introduced music therapy services as one aspect of its care in all of its services for children with additional support needs. 


Nordoff Robbins Scotland started working with the children and young people at Calaiswood Out of School Club in March 2014.  Sandy Matheson works there for two hours each week.       


The aim of the work is to encourage and support a range of interpersonal skills through active music making.  Through the use of a range of instruments as well as vocal work, the aim is to encourage and develop skills such as sharing, tolerating others, listening, making appropriate and meaningful choices and working together.


The children are often tired at the end of a busy school day, so Sandy offers a range of gentle ways of communicating through music, for example by exploring a wide range of instruments, singing songs together and making use of musical iPad apps.  The sessions vary in length from 5 to 40 minutes, depending on the needs and capacity of the individual child.


The Childcare Practitioners sit in on the sessions at all times, and often help to support the child in various ways during the session.  The sessions are relaxed, conducted at a gentle pace and always child-led; Sandy works creatively with whatever the child brings into the room.


For further details please contact: Carol Notman, Team Manager ~ Childcare Services on VOIP 441954

Carol A Notman, Team Manager - Fife Childcare Services 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 19 54 Contact Carol A Notman online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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