Being in hospital can be a frightening experience for many children and their families. Frequent and long-term patients regularly…
Being in hospital can be a frightening experience for many children and their families.
Frequent and long-term patients regularly combat the boredom and frustration that comes with being bound to the hospital. In order to alleviate this and make a child’s and family’s visit to hospital as positive as possible, we direct donations to a wide range of complementary services.
With the support of a Foundation grant, music therapy has been included in the range of treatments offered by the Neurological Rehabilitation Service at the hospital. Since its introduction, the Allied Health team have charted significant improvements in motor, communication, language and cognitive skills of patients. Music Therapist, Karen Twyford, explains that music therapy also helps the emotional rehabilitation of many children.
It is very distressing for families to see their children, who may have been perfectly healthy, suddenly develop a brain or neurological condition. Music therapy helps give the children a welcome distraction but also gets them to engage with the music and the therapist and leads to further health improvements. It is a wonderful way to engage with children with brain injuries who otherwise might not respond to or interact with clinicians, said Karen.
If you would like to help the Foundation to continue to support the Music Therapy program at PMH, then click below to make a donation.