Oxleas Music Therapy
Music therapy is based on the understanding that all human beings are able to respond to music, irrespective of musical ability. It involves the use of sound, rhythm and improvised music in order to form a musical relationship between the child or young person and the therapist.
Music therapy sessions can offer people a different experience of shared play, interaction, learning and understanding, through verbal and non-verbal modes of communication. In practical terms, this may involve music making with instruments, song, music technology, sound, talking, listening, and opportunities for client led play.
In this therapeutic relationship, the child or young person can respond and discover a sense of self. In this respect, we explore the client's individual potential and identity within a therapeutic process that's designed especially for them in a safe and creative environment.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Sarah Hadley
- Contact Position
- Head of Oxleas Music Therapy
- 020 8294 3139 / 07946 176975
Where to go
- Wensley Close
3 Wensley Close
- SE9 5AB
- Age Ranges
- 0-19 years
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Is a child legible to receive support from the service?
Your child can receive support from Oxleas Music Therapy if they are under the age of 19 years have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder(ASD) and are registered with a GP in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Music Therapy is most appropriate when you have concerns about your child's ability to engage and integrate within everyday life because of any of the following: Psychological difficulties, Social/behavioural difficulties, Communication difficulties, Relationship difficulties.
How can a child can be referred to the Service?
Referrals to Music Therapy can be made through your child’s Consultant Community Paediatrician.
How to complain about anything related to the service?
Oxleas Music Therapy actively seeks your views and experience of the service. Any concerns should be raised with your child’s therapist or if this is not appropriate you should speak with the Head of Music Therapy. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has a formal complaints procedure and the Head of Music Therapy can guide you to either the Complaints Department or Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) as you wish.
There is no universal support within the core offer of this team. Music Therapy is only available to children and young people with a diagnosis of ASD and who have an emotional or social need which is significantly affecting their general development and ability to make positive relationships with others.
Universal services are however commissioned through the Oxleas Music Therapy Community Partnership where children’s centers and nurseries buy-in the service.
The core Music Therapy service does not provide targeted support in this area as outcomes for the CCG component of the service are purely health related. However, the Music Therapy team is keen to ascertain the impact of health outcomes on the child/young person’s learning. Targeted support for this area is provided through the Oxleas Music Therapy Community Partnership where the child/young person attends a commissioning school or early years setting.
Physical and emotional well-being:
Interactive Music-Making and music therapy groups are available to children under the age of five years who have a diagnosis of ASD and who require additional support to develop to their personal best. This approach is based on working closely with the parents/caregivers and puts your child at the centre of the music-making. The Interactive Music-Making Specialist will develop your child’s music making to focus on a range of outcomes to do with their physical, social, emotional and language development as needed.
Access and inclusion resources:
Access to the Music Therapy service is through your Community Paediatrician only. When we work with your child we are committed to thinking about outcomes which will be of benefit your child’s inclusion in everyday life; at home, school and in leisure.
The core Music Therapy service does not provide specialist support in this area as outcomes for the CCG component service are purely health related. However, the Music Therapy team is keen to ascertain the impact of health outcomes on the child/young person’s learning. Specialist support for this area is provided through the Oxleas Music Therapy Community Partnership where the child/young person attends a commissioning school or early years setting.
Additionally, the core music therapy service will work in close liaison with school, providing the school team with insights into your child’s emotional and social development and how this could be affecting their learning. The aim of this liaison is to create a shared understanding of your child across home and school to ensure that therapeutic outcomes support your child’s capacity to learn.
The Music Therapy Team works in close liaison with school, providing the school team with insights into your child’s emotional and social development and how this could be affecting their learning. The aim of this liaison is to create a shared understanding of your child to ensure that therapeutic outcomes support the child’s capacity to learn. This service is available to your child, if needed; regardless of whether it is specified in a Statement of Special Educational Need or EHC (Education. Health, Social Care Plan).
Physical and emotional well-being:
Your child will have been referred to Music Therapy by a Community Paediatrician who has been working with you and who is concerned about your child’s well-being. It may be that your child is experiencing difficulties in understanding and managing their feelings which may make other things hard like social life (being a confident friend) or participating in school life (being a confident learner). You don’t have to be good at playing a musical instrument or singing to come for Music Therapy. Everyone has their own music inside them and by making up (improvising) music with the Music Therapist your child will be helped to find their own unique music. This is really important, because the music your child makes with the Music Therapist is a way of helping them to connect with and express their feelings in a different
School based training:
The Music Therapy team can provide schools and early years settings with introductory presentations to how to join the Oxleas Music Therapy Community Partnership and how Music Therapy links in with positive learning.
Support for families:
The Music Therapy team works in close partnership with:
- The Integrated Neurodevelopmental Team by contributing to the diagnostic assessment process and considering intervention to support your child’s emotional well-being
- The Neurodevelopmental/Learning Disability Team and the Early Intervention Team (Greenwich CAMHS) when considering how your child’s needs are affecting family relationships. With your permission, the Music Therapist can also refer your child to Tier 3 CAMHs if needed. Local Offer Age Bands
- Local Offer Age Bands
- SEN Provision Type