Special Needs

Outdoor Musical Instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and through the medium of music many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a profound effect on anyone, but the benefits of exposing a child with special needs to music can be huge.
There is no right or wrong in music, it holds no fear for children, who feel safe to experiment with self-expression. This leads to a sense of achievement, increased self-esteem and confidence which can be transferred to other areas of their lives. Through music a child can express emotions, develop a sense of rhythm, support their physical development, develop communication skills and benefit from auditory and tactile stimulation.

Children have a need to express themselves and our instruments are ideal for Music Therapy sessions with their harmonic pentatonic scales. Music therapy can be of inestimable value for individuals with difficulties in hearing, seeing, moving, thinking or responding; each can experience the music in their own unique way.

Music Therapy is very effective for individuals with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Interestingly, many children with autism show a heightened interest in music and while they may be unable to easily communicate verbally, music is an avenue for many autistic people to express themselves and communicate in a non-verbal, non-threatening manner. Playing music puts the individual at ease, allowing for strides in social interactions to follow.

Access to our instruments provide an outlet, encouraging children to use music to deal with emotional issues, especially those unable to express them through speech. Where words fail, music may be a medium to explore one's inner world and experiences. Often people with developmental delays and learning disabilities such as Down's syndrome will respond to music.

Outdoor Musical Instruments in the playground offer blind or partially sighted children opportunities to explore musical sound. Simple to play, they enable creative experimentation and tactile exploration, they encourage the use of motor skills, develop coordination and stimulate the imagination. For children with very limited movement, the placing of their hands on the vibrating lids of our drums or along the Emperor Chimes, can elicit a positive response. For those with cerebral palsy, playing music may be an effective way to stimulate speech development and communication skills, express emotions and provide opportunity for physical, cognitive and motor development whilst creating an environment for socialisation and fun. We aim to make instruments accessible to all including wheelchair users.

Making music together can build a harmonious cooperative spirit of support and encouragement for everyone. Children who experience severe obstacles in forming relationships with other children, adults and their environment can achieve security and joy in making music.