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Sing and Grow music therapy program continues into 2013

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Labor Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, and Senator Anne Urquhart today joined with parents and children for the Sing and Grow Christmas session and to announce Federal Government funding of $13,500 to enable the Sing and Grow music therapy program to continue in East Devonport in 2013.

“Everyone on the Coast knows how much I love music. The Sing and Grow program, run in East Devonport by the fantastic Alex Morse, uses music to present parenting and behaviour strategies in a non-threatening way. This technique has improved the lives of many young families and brought them into the East Devonport Child and Family Centre where they have accessed further services,” said Mr Sidebottom.

“I was lucky enough to attend a session earlier in the year and was blown away by how Alex improves the confidence of young children over the course of a one-hour session. One boy was shy and nervous at the start of the session, sitting with his mum and not actively participating. By the half hour mark, he was free of his mum and up playing with the instruments and interacting with his peers. At the end of the session, he was a very different child,” said Senator Urquhart.

“We are delighted that our request for additional funding to continue this program has been approved. We encourage families with young children in the East Devonport area to contact the Child and Family Centre to participate in a session for 2013,” said Senator Urquhart.

“East Devonport’s success in reaching hard to engage families through music is built upon relationships – many of which have taken 12 – 18 months to develop. Everyone at the Centre looks forward to Sing and Grow sessions because of the boost we see to both the children’s and parent’s confidence and the improvement in parenting skills that follows,” said Jenny Mountney, Centre Leader at the East Devonport Child and Family Centre.

“I use a mix of at-home, individual and group music therapy sessions to assist families facing a wide range of pressures. Parents are encouraged to demonstrate their skills and strengths to each other, assisting others in building self-esteem, developing parenting skills and improving their relationship with their children. Music is fun and powerful tool to strengthen relationships between parent and child,” said Alex Morse, music therapist with Sing and Grow.

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