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Direct work with Children and Adults Using Musical Instruments


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Direct work with children and Adults using musical instruments for engaging and positive outcomes; why are more workers not doing this?

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Direct work with Children and Adults Using Musical Instruments

  1. 1. Elevate Training and Development Gradle Gardner Martin
  2. 2. Using Music to engage and communicate with service users
  3. 3. Communication • Communication is at the centre of our lives • It helps us to express our identity as individuals • It helps us to form relationships with others • It is how we take our place in society
  4. 4. “Play is the natural language of children” Dale 1992
  5. 5. Music Helps Dementia Patients Recall Memories and Emotions
  6. 6. "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand"
  7. 7. Direct work with Children Music/Dance: movement and sound can be used to support children with expressing emotions and feelings. They can also help with ice-breakers at the start of sessions and as ending activities to sessions – The College of Social Work “Return to social work”
  8. 8. Alzheimer's Social work today - Kuhn, author of Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers, “If you work with a client who seems to crave sensory stimulation, the creative arts can be very powerful...I worked with a woman with advanced dementia who continually stomped her feet rhythmically. Though I’m not personally trained in music therapy, I developed a few techniques where she and I could explore rhythm. I placed different surfaces underneath her feet to produce different sounds. I used handheld percussion instruments to mirror her beat, which sometimes lead to improvised duets. In this way, we developed a form of communication.”
  9. 9. Research Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Director of Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, explains that because music affects so many parts of the brain, it touches areas that may not be damaged by the disease and brings those pathways to the forefront. The result is the astounding “awakening” that often occurs.
  10. 10. What are the risks
  11. 11. Risks/ Benefits • Low risk generally – surfacing of emotions • Service user is in control • Language issues • All abilities • Engaging • Adaptable • Icebreakers
  12. 12. ASD “We know music therapy works with people on the autism spectrum, even if we don’t always know why or how” (Chase, 2009)
  13. 13. What are the barriers for social workers using music as part of engagement tool box? Discuss