This project will give music therapy sessions to sick and disabled children at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to support their recovery by distracting them from their pain, building emotional resilience to cope with their illness, connecting them to other children and to relieve the boredom of long hospital stays.
Children who need to stay in hospital for long periods can experience severe disadvantage from life threatening and life limiting conditions. They can have overwhelming feelings of illness and disability and struggle to express difficult emotions while trying to cope with their pain. They can feel frustrated with their ability to communicate in an unfamiliar environment and feel isolated, anxious and upset about missing home, family and friends.
This project provides Music Therapy to support the child's physical and emotional needs while in hospital. The music therapist offers the opportunity to play, sing, listen, compose, record or learn instruments either one-to-one with the therapist or in a group with other children. Through these music-related activities children can enjoy being more active, distracted from their pain, connected with other children and are able to express themselves in a creative way and have fun.
This project enables over 1000 sick and disabled children each year in Stoke Mandeville Hospital to access the incredible healing power of music therapy, which supports their long term physical and emotional well-being and self esteem.