Charlie House and ELM Music Therapy bring music to families during lockdown

Charlie House’s partnership with ELM Music Therapy has continued over lockdown to bring musical fun into the homes of the families we support.

ELM Music Therapy was founded by Emmeline McCraken in 2014 with the aim of allowing all those that needed it access to music therapy in the North-east of Scotland and the belief that everyone can engage, communicate and express themselves through music. During the therapy sessions, everyone is encouraged to work with a range of instruments, music and their voices to interact and communicate, no matter what their musical ability is. The sessions also incorporate play, art and movement so that those taking part can engage in the way that they feel most comfortable.

Over lockdown, Emmeline has been hosting virtual activities with our families twice a month. The families have nothing but songs of praise and thanks for Emmeline’s music therapy sessions, appreciating her creative and personalised approach to helping their children express themselves. They are so delighted with the sessions that they have provided us with these kind words;

 “Music therapy is the thing my daughter loves best! It is so rare for us to find an activity that meets her needs & she enjoys! Its lovely to see the other children & families too - no one minds if my daughter is too noisy or too quiet! We were so chuffed when the therapist had learnt her favourite song by the next session! We really appreciate these fortnightly sessions.”

Another family has said, "My daughter is partially sighted so activities online would usually be difficult for her to join in with. However, my daughter loves all kinds of music and noisy instruments, so Emmeline's music sessions are perfect for her. Emmeline is so smiley and friendly, and I love how she personally sings hello to each child at the beginning of each session. She takes requests from the children so they can hear their favourite songs. My daughter may be non-verbal but her expressions and smiles she gives while being supported by me to join these sessions shows just how much she enjoys them. Thank you, Emmeline, you do a great job."

A third family has added, “My daughter has Cerebral Palsy and is severely sight impaired which makes finding inclusive activities in which she can participate challenging, and even harder with activities moving online due to the pandemic. The music therapy sessions organised by Charlie House are absolutely fantastic and the embodiment of inclusivity. They are entertaining, great fun and bring so much joy to my daughter. Thank you, Charlie House.”

ELM Music Therapy sessions are incredibly beneficial to the families that we support, as they are a fun and interactive way for the children and their parents, carers or siblings to communicate and spend virtual time with their Charlie House friends. We are very grateful to Emmeline and the team at ELM Music Therapy for the joy they have brought to our families over such a challenging time. 

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