Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered music therapists. Music therapy can help children and young people, whose lives have been affected by their diagnosis, by supporting their psychological, social-emotional, cognitive and communicative needs using the art form of music.
Music Therapy at Hillingdon Manor School meets the students’ specific social emotional levels to enable self-expression, change and growth. The flexibility of music as an expressive and creative art form makes it an accessible safe medium that can be adapted to address developmental and mental health issues simultaneously. Case studies have found that music therapy used with children and teens with ASD significantly improves their social behaviors, increases self-esteem, reduces anxiety and improves body awareness. These gains lead to an increased capacity to form relationships and coping in their learning environment.