Flexibility is a good word to describe music therapy.
Improvisation is another good word.
Unpredictability another one.
Today I run a session with H., my 3 years old autistic patient.
Today he needed the mum inside the room.
This was not in my plans but I knew it could happen due to his young age. So she joined the session, coming into the room followed by her second little boy, younger than H., that was playing in the waiting room with her.
H., mum and brother, all of us making music together.
I had to change all my plans for this session. We discovered new musical games that H. seemed to like and we followed his needs.
It wasn’t the easiest session ever but we were there for him, all of us, and he gave us some big smiles and eye contacts. The mum is a pretty special mum and the baby brother as well. This helped me a lot.
The music therapy setting needs to be a safe place for the patients, especially in cases like this one, with really young children.
So it doesn’t matter if this kind of session goes out of the schemes, if I haven’t read about it in my books.
I felt that including the rest of the family was the right things to do, today.
I’m sure that little by little he will be able to stay alone with me again, as he did before.
I learnt something new today and I will keep remembering those three words in my future practice:
Flexibility – Improvisation – Unpredictability