Music Therapy stories

Music Therapy has helped Alex, who has autism, by encouraging him to build a

relationship with another person - something he finds challenging.

There was, as expected, some initial resistance from Alex to working with the

therapist. He attempted to control the sessions and was reluctant to let the session

finish on time.

With the patience and perseverance of the therapist, trust and rapport was established.

A significant breakthrough was later made in the therapy sessions as Alex

allowed the therapist to make an input to his play, and took the input on board.

This had previously been very difficult for him. He is now able to accept input from

others at home and school.


The dialogue created through music has been immensely beneficial to Alex.

Alex’s Mum

J. was a 6 year old boy with autism and severe learning difficulties. 

He had very little spoken language and he communicated mainly through 

vocalisations and gestures, such as tapping and flicking objects.


J had been finding social interaction very hard in class and his concentration was very low. 

However, with the therapist’s help, session by session his confidence level grew.

He was able to explore the instruments she provided and to stay with the music-making for longer and longer periods of time. 

As his concentration levels improved, J started to tolerate more group activities outside the sessions.  J’s whole demeanour improved and he seemed much happier in himself. 

Lesley Schatzberger 

Director, Jessie’s Fund ...

I’ve seen some amazing transformations of children through music therapy. 

For example: a girl at one children’s hospice had just

been in hospital for surgery, and she was sad and despondent. 

Within minutes of coming into the  music therapy room

she was animated and laughing, and when her music 

therapy session ended about forty minutes later, she seemed like a different person. 

Those are the moments which make the hard work raising funds worth it!