“A Leanbh” – Preschool music-therapy programme.
The “A Leanbh” programme is a group-based Music Therapy Programme which is run in preschool and preschool projects.
In this programme there are normally 8 sessions, ideally over consecutive weeks. Each session is facilitated by a qualified Music Therapist. The maximum number of participants is 20 – 10 children and 10 parents/guardians.
The programme uses group and individual exercises to focus and develop bonding, sharing and social skills and cognitive skills.
The Therapist works very closely with the class teacher or group leader to get background information and to report on findings and progress.
Our Lady Queen of Peace – Kate Russell, Early Start
“We were blown away with how effective the music sessions were…the work they do is necessary, effective and needs to be seen and heard to be believed.”
“We could not recommend this programme highly enough and we hope that our association with the gifted staff of [The] Blue Box [Creative Learning Centre] will continue into the future.”
Art and Music Therapy, Primary and Secondary Schools
Since 1997 this has been the core of our operation – working on an individual basis with young people in Primary and Secondary schools.
From the offset it needs to be explained that the venue, that of primary and secondary schools, should not imply that the needs and benefits are purely educational. There is great educational benefit in the provision of creative therapy services but it must be noted that the overall benefit is more fundamentally related to emotional and mental well-being as a building block for all forms of personal development. The choice of the educational venues is also important because our children spend 70% of their week there and so our service is more available and accessible in these locations.
In our partner schools The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre has established within the school a space for music or art therapy (or both) and this space conforms to the requirements laid down by our Director of Arts Therapy with respect to suitability for therapy and adherence to ‘Children First’ guidelines. Clients are prioritised by a responsible party (Link Person) in the school, in conjunction with the therapist. Each client will be seen once a week for an hour until the year-end or until such a time as either the client or the therapist elects to discontinue the sessions. The therapist works very closely with the school and the young person’s parents/guardians as an integral part in the success of the programme.
The Therapist will produce written progress records for the school and for The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre annually. The therapist will be supported by the Director of Arts Therapy and has internal supervision sessions regularly as a means of support and a means of monitoring the quality of the interventions.
Southill Junior School, Marion Tobin, Principal
“These children love their time with Maeve, the Art Therapist, who has inculcated a strong feeling of appreciation, value and self-worth in each child, thereby improving self-esteem, independence and a development of coping strategies.”
Ardscoil Mhuire, Collette McGrath, Principal
“The support of Blue Box has been invaluable to the school and the pupils who have accessed it.”
St. Augustine’s School – Noel Fox, Principal
“In our view the service provided is essential. I earnestly hope that the services of The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre will be available not only in September ’08 but as a permanent part of the range of services that young people in Limerick are so much in need of.”