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Vanda & Young Song Comp: where does your entry fee go?

Story Published Monday 1 January 2018
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy can help children and adults with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

All funds from the Vanda & Young Song Competition go directly to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

Nordoff-Robbins uses music therapy to work with people dealing with physical and intellectual disabilities, speech disorders or autism.

All funds raised from the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition go directly to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia to support the work of this inspiring organisation.

Music is universally recognised as having the power to positively impact people. For some, it can be as simple as hearing a great song on the radio and having a mood brightened. For others, it can bring about extraordinary benefits.

Not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia works to help people reach their full potential through music therapy. Adults and children dealing with difficulties including physical and intellectual disabilities, speech and language disorders, autism and dementia can achieve positive health and developmental outcomes through musical engagement.

“The work that Nordoff Robbins does is incredible. Music therapy and art therapy in general is vital. Art heals, brings joy, opens our hearts and minds - art is life. I think the power of music and song is limitless.” – Husky Gawenda, 2014 Vanda & Young winner

Nordoff-Robbins is helping children with development in areas such confidence, emotions and the ability to speak.

Therapists use a variety of methods such as singing, music and movement and playing of instruments tailored to the needs of the individual. For children in particular, this specialised treatment can be crucial in increasing attention, self-expression and encouraging independence.

At 15 years of age, Alex was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic condition characterised by intellectual disability, speech difficulties, jerky movements and an ever-smiling appearance. Music therapy is helping him improve his coordination as he works towards his goal of being able to speak.

For Noah, who is diagnosed with Autism, structured arrangements help him with his concentration while freestyle rap has become a way for him to express himself. Through music therapy, he's building his confidence and self-esteem and is better able to regulate his emotions.