​​Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability


Dedicated to improving the quality of life of disabled children in the West Bank
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Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is an interactive, primarily non-verbal intervention. It provides a process through which children can express themselves, become aware of their feelings and interact more easily. Music therapy can provide insights into a child’s functioning and can help in all areas including:-


  • Communication disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health problems
  • Physical difficulties
  • Emotional problems
  • Challenging behaviour

ABCD’s latest venture is the introduction of a Music Therapy programme establishing its success first with the BASR and then expanding this therapy to the refugee camps.  ABCD Trustee Canon Claire Tillotson, herself a music therapist has been instrumental in starting this programme, and is now managing the project working closely with BASR’s Paediatric Psychiatrist Dr Souha Shehadeh.  During the summer of 2015, we sponsored a newly qualified Music Therapist from The University of South Wales on an eight week placement with the BASR. ABCD purchased the intsruments locally for this project which proved such a success bringing much joy and therapeutic benefit to the traumatised and disabled children.  We are repeating the exercise again this summer, when once again ABCD is supporting a music therapy student who is set to deliver music therapy sessions during eight weeks both in the centre and further afield to help those in the more remote areas.   
Following this success our plans are to expand and establish a regular on going music therapy programme  helping the disadvantaged children in  Jalazone and Nour Shams refugee camps, training local staff how to work musically with children suffering from the effects of stress and trauma. The plan is to run a six week intensive training programme by a Qualified Music Therapist and an assistant. ABCD would set up each camp with the necessary instruments, which we would purchase locally. Trustee Claire Tillotson would  project manage to ensure the sustainability of the programme organising appropriate and necessary refresher courses. Our Field Advisory Team will visit twice a year to check on progress. 

Watch this space for the future.

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