Using music to help parents tune into their kids.

Music is an elegant way of communicating what often cannot be said so well with words. It can also provide a way to focus on the non-verbal elements of the way we relate together. Dr Stine Jacobsen, a music therapist from Denmark, has developed an innovative way of looking at how parents and children interact, using simple musical exercises to see how parents tune into their children's emotions, and how they respond to their children's nonverbal signals. Dr Jacobsen's Assessment of Parent-Child Interaction (APCI) is quick and easy to complete - parents and children come to two sessions of about 25 minutes each and make music together in a way that is fun, gentle and connecting. There's no need to have any musical skill or training. At the end of the two sessions, parents receive a report that highlights both the things they are doing well, and notices where they may benefit from more help - perhaps, for example, in decoding the nonverbal messages their child is trying to give them about what they need or how they are feeling. The APCI is a validated tool that has been proven to be helpful for many parents and children, to help them improve the way they relate together. Vivienne Colegrove is now able to offer the APCI, and family counselling using music, to parents who may be interested in learning more about what they are already doing well, and how they may become even more skillful at tuning into their kids' world. Contact me if you'd like to know more!

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