Family Workshops

Overview

Family Workshops are 1 hour in duration and delivered in your organisation by our Registered Music Therapist to support your families. They incorporate information and idea-sharing into experiential musical examples and aim to build capacity and confidence in parents to use music in daily interactions with their children. Family Workshops are designed for delivery in your venue, with attendance from up to 10 families with young children (birth to five years). Each workshop is customised to your specific needs; as the host organisation you choose three key focus areas from our selection that will best support your families. All families receive additional resources including music to support them at home.

What we offer

A Sing&Grow Music Therapist facilitates hands-on music activities that assist children with developmental skills and support parents to relate to their children through interactive play. Familiar and new songs are used in singing, playing small percussion instruments, movement and relaxation. Reflective conversation is interweaved into the session to increase parents’ capacity to support child development in an ongoing way.

Family Workshops are designed to impart information within a one-off session (1 hour), or they can be delivered in a 3-session format to facilitate more in depth learning for parents, allowing the families to receive a more intense focus on each of the key messages.

Key themes available to support families:

  • Play with your child: Playing with your child is important for developing their communication, physical, social and emotional skills.
  • Praise and affirm your child: Praising and affirming your child can help to build their self-esteem, giving them more confidence to explore their world.
  • Be consistent with your child: Consistency in routines, responses and modelling will help your child learn what is socially acceptable and heighten their sense of security with you.
  • Music for Daily Activities: Music can be used to increase your child’s enjoyment of daily activities. Adding music can brighten experiences and encourage participation.
  • Music for Re-Directing: Music can be used to positively manage your child’s behaviour by entertaining, distracting and refocusing their attention.
  • Music for Change Time: Singing face-to-face when changing your child’s nappy or clothing can distract them from the task, build their self-esteem and even develop their communication skills.
  • Music for Language Development: Singing can help young children to develop their language skills and encourage them to communicate from a very early age.
  • Music for Motor Skills: Songs with actions are a great way to strengthen the muscles needed for your child to carry out fine and gross motor tasks.
  • Music for Social Skills: Musical activities can make the learning of social skills more enjoyable, while providing the structure that children need.
  • Music for Calming and Sleeping: Music can be an effective way to help your child wind down and can also help them relax into sleep.
  • Music for Instrument Time: Musical Instruments can promote development of your child’s physical skills and can be fun to make together at home.
  • Music for Young Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Music can be a wonderful way for families to engage and connect with their young child with an autism spectrum disorder. The combination of rhythm, melody and dynamics may capture the attention of children with an ASD and help them to learn and engage with others.

Benefits for Organisations

  • Evidence-based music therapy program
  • Positive intervention in family life
  • Supports child development outcomes
  • Builds community capacity
  • Facilitated by registered music therapists with program-specific training
  • Engages with families who may find it difficult to participate in other community programs
  • Delivered face-to-face, but with capability to deliver services via online platforms as required

Benefits for Families

  • Improves the quality of parent-child interactions
  • Builds upon parent confidence and knowledge
  • Enhances social connectedness
  • Provides positive parenting tools
  • Focuses on supporting child development through nurturing and play
  • Supports child development outcomes