Demelza offers a range of therapies for children. They form a major part of the care we provide; helping to promote communication and relaxation and enhance wellbeing by reducing tension. We provide therapies in the comfort of a child’s own home, at either of our hospices or in other community settings such as their school, subject to resources.

For more information about therapies, please contact Family Support Services on
01795 845248

Infant massage therapy

Our infant massage therapy course is ideal for parents of children up to the age of seven, who would like to develop new ways of bonding with their child. Infant massage therapy involves parents or carers gently massaging their baby or young child and is beneficial to both the child and parent. For our families this therapy offers much more than a bonding experience; it allows the parent and baby to connect after often long periods of time in hospital, where touch has become more medical rather than loving.

Music therapy

Music therapy is based on the belief that we can all respond to and appreciate music, regardless of disability or illness. For the children Demelza supports with limited verbal communication or movement, music therapy can offer a safe space to express thoughts and feelings without the use of words.

Music therapy at Demelza is available to siblings to help them cope throughout their brother or sister’s illness and following bereavement. Families can also use music therapy to build precious memories by capturing a child’s sounds or their music on DVD.
“Zyan is able to stay at the hospice which he loves, so I can rest. Zyan’s brother also has music therapy and attends a siblings group, which helps him to cope.” 


Art therapy


Art therapy offers a space for children and their families to express thoughts and feelings by creating images, which they may find difficult to put into words. As the art is not graded, no special skills are needed as everything created is meaningful. Demelza therapists are fully qualified or are in the final stages of training and materials such as paints, pastels, clay and model making are supplied.

“Matthew started art therapy in the run-up to secondary school. Through the sessions he’s been able to work out his feelings and frustrations. It’s something just for him - he comes out relaxed, and it’s given him confidence.” 


Eye Gaze

Our specialist Eye Gaze device enables a child or young adult to use eye movements to operate a computer or tablet. Those with minimal movement, little or no speech, can use the technology to communicate with a parent, carer or Demelza staff. It also gives children the opportunity to develop their communication skills using games, pictures and words and can be used in art and music therapy.