Our range of therapies can help children express their emotions
When a child is diagnosed, they can often struggle to deal with the emotional and the physical changes that they find themselves suddenly dealing with. We can offer the children a series of therapy sessions within their own home or at hospital.
How can you access our therapy services?
Your Momentum Family Support Worker will liaise with parents and the Hospital Care Team on which form of therapy may be most helpful, and at what point in your child’s treatment.
We also offer these therapies to siblings if it is deemed to be something that can help them cope with the changes going around them at home due to their brother or sister’s illness.
Currently, we support children through the following therapies:
Music therapy can help a recently diagnosed child with:
Improving physical health and ability
Addressing emotional and behavioural difficulties
Developing communication and social skills
Increasing creativity, self-esteem and confidence
We work with qualified music therapy providers to offer sessions to children of all ages, from 3 months to 18 years, at home or in hospital.
Depending on the child's needs, we will recommend the most suitable therapy course from:
shared use of musical sounds, using a variety of musical instruments to encourage the child to improvise and ‘make up’ their own music.
unlocking creativity in children who are isolated and withdrawn, or finding interpersonal contact and communication difficult, through shared music-making using an exploration of sounds, rhythms, melodies and harmonies
We arrange regular monthly visits to our partner hospitals, seeing children at their bed-side as well as enjoying communal music-making sessions in the play room. Our music entertainer uses popular tracks (requests from older children are always welcome!), instruments, props, hand puppets, bubbles and action songs to deliver lively, stimulating and fun sessions.
We work with a highly experienced play practitioner who offers hourly play sessions to younger children in their own homes. She aims to provide age appropriate activities, toys and stories to ensure each child has a happy and fun time.
Once she has got to know the child she can tailor the toys and activities to their interests, this can include making play dough and other messy play!
Art therapy is a fantastic medium to help children with a wide range of challenges - emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions. Our Art Psychotherapist will visit children mainly in their own homes (although there are opportunities for hospital visits) and uses art materials as tools to help the child address and deal with emotional issues that can be confusing and distressing.
If you are interested in accessing our therapy services, please email the Family Support Team.
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