We have recently introduced a music therapy session into the No Limits programme for a number of learners. Jon, our music teacher visits Whipsnade once every 3 weeks and teaches music at varying levels to a range of learners. We vary the environment from a Yurt to a classroom, dependent on the weather.
He has made brilliant progress with learners, who ordinarily struggle to communicate their needs or who have short engagement periods but despite this, all learners who have attended have engaged well with the therapy and started to develop communication through music.
An example is Benji, whose first session consisted of some intensive interaction, which assisted him to take turns with playing notes and lengthening his engagement periods.
Israr has enjoyed his sessions with Jon and takes part in observing and engaging in making music, in a way that makes sense to him.
Jahsiah enjoys his sessions and the sessions are creatively adapted to ensure that Jahsiah is able to access the instruments and build his confidence interacting with new people. Jahsiah’s long term goal is to be a DJ and he compliments these sessions by attending DJ academy where he is learning skills in electronic music.
Georgina’s communication preference is through ‘eye gaze’ but in these sessions she has been able to access music through observation and listening, until she becomes confident enough to try the instruments.
Abi enjoys Jon’s teaching style and her staff have said they are really amazed at how quickly she has been prepared to engage in these sessions.
No Limits staff observe and reflect on the sessions as do the partner schools with whom we work. Both have reported that they have learned a lot from Jon’s interactions. We would like to thank Greenside School in Hertfordshire for introducing us to Jon and Jon for his amazing and facilitative work with the MacIntyre learners.
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