Strengthening families: A role for music therapy in contributing to family centred care

Strengthening families: A role for music therapy in contributing to family centred care

Abstract

Sing & Grow is a music therapy programme funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government and presented in partnership with Playgroup Queensland and The University of Queensland, initially for a two-year period, but now with funding assured to 2007. The programme is a family based intervention for families with children aged birth to three years that uses music to strengthen parent-child relationships through increasing interactions and assisting parents to bond with their children, and to extend the repertory of parenting skills in relating to children through interactive play. This benefited the participants by engaging young children in developmentally stimulating activities while reinforcing to parents the importance of their active participation in assisting a child to meet developmental milestones. This paper reports the theoretical basis for this project, its implementation in the community sector, and issues in identifying the outcomes to date, including the use of attendance figures to support the value of the programme. The processes in this music therapy programme are indicated through the case vignettes presented.

 

Keywords: music and parenting; music therapy; music and early childhood; music and attachment


Citation

Abad, V., & Edwards, J. (2004). Strengthening families: A role for music therapy in contributing to family centred care. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 15, 3-17.


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Date published: July 2004