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Music Therapy

Ysgol Y Deri has its own dedicated space for music therapy for sessions that run throughout the week.

Music therapy uses sound and music to engage and connect with pupils, encouraging development, social communication, emotional expression and cognition, alongside wider aspects of development. Music therapy is interactive allowing the child to interact and participate at their level of communication, play, and expression.

Making music together promotes non-verbal communication through turn-taking, initiation and imitation. The child begins to explore the world around him in a safe non - threatening way. It increases confidence and allows the child to express any fears and frustrations.


Music therapy provision depends on the needs of each individual pupil and it may fulfil a number of aims.

These may be many and varied and include the following:

  • To increase non-verbal interaction skills through turn-taking, imitation, reciprocating roles within a musical improvisation.

  • To increase attention and awareness of others through music fostering positive relationships with peers and the wider community.

  • To increase emotional insight and understanding.

  • To encourage self-expression through music.

  • To increase self-awareness and awareness of others through the musical relationship with the therapist.

  • To identify, acknowledge and affirm the emotional life of the pupil through music.


Parents, professionals and staff can make referrals through the music therapy referral system by completing a referral form.

Some Reasons for Referral may include;

  • The child is exhibiting challenging behaviour which makes other forms of intervention difficult but is calmed/motivated by music.

  • The child has limited forms of communication and has significant emotional needs.

  • The child has limited forms of play but will notice sounds/music.

  • A looked-after child resulting in significant emotional needs.

  • Child protection concerns.

  • Limited social communication skills and peer relationships.

For more information about music therapy please contact State Registered Music Therapists Helen Gwillim and Amy Slater at Ysgol Y Deri or visit The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) the professional body for music therapists as a source of further information.

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