Boy and music therapist playing the piano

Lenny’s Story

Lenny’s autism means that he struggles to communicate, but in music therapy Lenny and music therapist Luke are connected and communicative with one another, with barely any need for words. 

Lenny has autism and attends a school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and additional needs. While Lenny can find it challenging to communicate and interact, in his music therapy sessions with Luke he has found a social connection that doesn’t require words.
 
Nordoff Robbins music therapist Luke said that when he first started working with Lenny, he would sit quietly and was disengaged from the world around him. Their early sessions together were hit and miss – some days Lenny would only manage a few bangs on the drum while on others he would respond to Luke’s invitations to sing.
 
Over time, Lenny and Luke have developed a greater understanding of one another. Now, Lenny jumps out of his chair when Luke arrives to pick him up for his music therapy session on a Wednesday morning, and he also frequently sings and explores new instruments in his sessions!
 
Luke added: “Working with Lenny reminds me that music therapy is not something done to people, but with them. Our music is born equally out of us both, as much Lenny’s choices, voice and movement as my own accompaniment. I am not working to try and change Lenny, but instead to offer him the chance to experience himself and the world around him differently through a shared moment with another person. We have had such a deeply connected and communicative journey with one another, all with barely saying a word.”

 

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