1. Use visuals to explain a music session. Music Therapy will involve singing, moving, playing instruments, listening. The Music Therapist is called Anne and she will play the guitar and keyboard. Children need to learn to share instruments and play games with other children. My carer will sing and play with me as well. Music is a fun time.
2. Prepare for when Music Therapy will take place. Understanding time can be such a challenge, but sometimes a countdown of the sleeps or days can help children to anticipate and prepare.
3. Start small.....learning new skills is challenging - choose achievable goals. It is quite common for children to watch and listen within a session for several weeks. Many families will report that children will sing all of the songs at home, but participation within a group at the key moment is sometimes a challenge. It is okay to watch and participate without too much pressure whilst a child is still very young. We can celebrate success at home as well as within the session.
4. Use incentives - reward children for participating and working hard with something small and meaningful. It is important for all children to enjoy achieving a challenge and to receive praise and acknowledgement for their hard work.