One in four children in foster care suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder. Neglect, abuse, witnessing terrible events, substance abuse and family separation are all causes of PTSD and leave a child challenging to cope. Experiencing trauma can affect a child’s brain, body, emotions and behavior.
A child will experience “triggers” by certain sounds, words, items and circumstances that cause he or she to relive the previous traumatic experience. This can occur immediately following the trauma or years later.
Fortunately, there is treatment available and a treatment plan can include various methods of therapy and programs. Amped Kids is now offering Group Music Therapy to provide foater children with an avenue to healing. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists have a deep understanding of psychology and the benefits of music for body, mind and soul.
Music Therapy can include creating, singing, listening and moving to music. Through music and movement, a child can open a channel for communication and self-expression. Senator Harry Reid stated, “simply put, music can heal.”
Trauma can having lasting effects on a child but there is hope. With the help of the support of caring adults, therapy programs and music therapy, a child can recover.