“Music Therapy rocks! Joining forces with our Music Therapists allows our therapeutic modalities to be far reaching and vastly diverse, improving and deepening our ability to be the most effective in our direct patient care.”
Kelsey Mayer, M.S., CCLS, Director of Therapeutic and Developmental Support Services at Blythedale Children’s Hospital
Research has shown the addition of Music Therapy to a Child Life Department enhances hospitals’ ability to provide for their patients in the most appropriate and effective way, allowing their services to be more comprehensive and far-reaching. Since 2013, enCourage Kids Foundation has provided $130,000 to assist in the growth of the Music Therapy Program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. Blythedale serves a majority of long-term pediatric patients who have experienced various accidents, abuse, and even the traumas of prolonged and/or significant hospital stays. Music Therapy is an extremely effective modality for these patients, offering unique versatility to address varying degrees of trauma.
Blythedale has a full-time Music Therapist, Reissa, and a part-time Music Therapist, Kat, who both work with patients individually as well as lead group sessions during the week and on the weekend. Over the past few years, Blythedale’s Music Therapy group offerings have grown immensely, allowing the program to have a vast influence. Currently, their Music Therapists run four groups a week: two toddler music groups, one Ukulele Club, and one group in their Early Childhood Center. Participating in a Music Therapy group provides different benefits than individual sessions, such as opportunities for socialization and team work, as well as promoting peer support among patients who can relate to each other’s experiences and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Additionally, the groups provide increased opportunities for family participation, which strengthens bonds and improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family members.