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Your child's music therapy appointment

How to get an appointment

If you think music therapy would be helpful for your child or you'd like to meet with a music therapist, speak to a member of the team caring for your child. They will refer you to the music therapy service.

Changing or cancelling an appointment

To change or cancel your appointment, please use the contact details your music therapist has given you.

During your appointment

At your first appointment, your music therapist will introduce the session verbally and musically.

We'll provide musical instruments and your music therapist will engage in live music-making experiences with you.

The music therapist will introduce sounds and musical play based on your child's verbal and non-verbal cues.

Music therapy focuses on what your child can do, not on any limitations they may experience. Your child does not need to know how to play a musical instrument.

If your child isn't staying in hospital, you'll have an outpatient appointment. It will last between 45 and 60 minutes.

If you're seeing a music therapist in hospital, your  music therapist will visit you on the ward and your appointment will last between 15 and 45 minutes.

After your appointment

After your first appointment, your music therapist will offer you 6 to 12 music therapy sessions. The sessions will be tailored to your child's individual needs and goals. For example, they might aim to develop your child's confidence and self-expression.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your medical team.