Creative Arts Therapists at Demelza
"Creative Arts Therapists at Demelza will always concentrate on what a child can do rather than on what they are unable to do.
"It is important to remember that children may not have the words to express their feelings, whether that is due to a disability, illness, age or it may be too difficult to put such big feelings into words.
"Creativity through music, art and play enables children to express themselves and reduces barriers to communication. Children might write and record a song about their feelings, or create a piece of art to make their emotions visible. Creative spaces allow children the opportunity to escape the chaos of the medical environment by offering a sense of normality, providing positive experiences and memories.
"The use of particular interventions is individualised to each child based on a thorough assessment of their needs after meeting the child, talking to their parents/carers, and their educational and medical teams when needed."
As Children’s Mental Health Week comes to an end, we continue to focus on this vital work, supporting therapeutic opportunities for children who access Demelza’s services.
Lucy's music therapy
"We look forward to these sessions every week and they are a fun start to our weekends. Being able to connect with other families taking part in music therapy has been a lifeline." - Lucy's mum, Sam, has shared their story.