Who am I?
My name is Simon and I am a music therapist, I work throughout the school from reception through to post-16. I have worked with children and adults in a range of different roles across my career including healthcare, community and education settings.
I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Music Therapist and am also a member of the British Association of Music Therapists.
Music Therapy at Fosse Way School.
Music therapy uses music in a range of different ways that are suited to each individual pupil at Fosse Way. Pupils are encouraged to freely explore instruments and music in the sessions, and we might use improvised music, song, song writing and talk to build a meaningful and supportive relationship which can be a foundation to then support and promote goals such as:
- Promote and develop social and communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal
- Promote mental wellbeing, reduced anxiety and alleviate stress
- Physical development of gross and fine motor skills
- Express and understand emotions and feelings without the need for language
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
I also work in the classrooms to with teaching and support staff to provide the necessary advice to ensure that pupils are also supported in this manner outside of the therapy sessions. This may include contributing to EHCP annual reviews and providing written reports.