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With music and play we’ll blow your house down!

Noah’s Ark’s therapists have launched a weekly play group for younger children, bringing together music and sensory play – and the first session was all about the Three Little Pigs.

The group is aimed at non-mobile children under four, and their parents and carers. It is led by Specialist Play Worker, Vikki Kempster and Music Therapist, Kirsty Ormston.

The sessions include 45 minutes of play and 45 minutes of music, during which the children are taken on an explorative journey based on a popular book or story.

This week’s piggy-themed adventure helped the children experience the story through touch, with hay, sticks, bubbles and a sensory house. This was followed by creative music-making and well-known songs, plus the opportunity to create personalised art to take home.

As Kirsty explained, the idea for the group came from parents whose children have enjoyed the one-to-one therapy sessions provided by Noah’s Ark. “Combining play and music in a lovely, sensory, explorative environment is great for supporting children’s emotional and physical development,” she said.

“Often after receiving one-to-one sessions the next step is to develop social interaction and relationships with others. The group is the perfect opportunity to do this in a safe way, plus it’s a chance for families to meet each other, get support and gain ideas to try at home.”

The group is currently running for an eight-week pilot period. If successful it will continue to run weekly during term time.

Noah’s Ark’s Specialist Play and Therapies team supports children with child-led sessions that help them communicate their emotions, manage anxiety and gain a sense of autonomy.

Ten families are currently enrolled in the group, however, other children, supported by Noah’s Ark, are welcome to join following an assessment. Families can attend each week or drop in to as many sessions as they like.

To find out more email Kirsty at kormston@noahsarkhospice.org.uk or call the Therapies Team on 020 8449 8877.

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