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‘NHS strains mean art therapy should play a bigger role in rehab’

Art therapy providers Chroma Therapy are to make the case for greater faith to be placed in non-medical based approaches to supporting people born with learning disabilities.

Chroma Therapy Managing Director Daniel Thomas will outline his vision at The Child Brain Injury Trust’s annual conference in March.

The event will focus on the idea of ‘connections’ within the brain that are broken or need rehabilitating following childhood acquired brain injury.

Presenting his view on how arts therapies create connections in children’s brains, multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) and families, Mr Thomas will also highlight how neurological music therapy can dramatically optimise rehabilitation outcomes.

MDT connectivity is mirrored in the way that music works within the brain of the child, helping to re-wire or re-configure itself across many areas that are key to rehabilitation, including sensori-motor, language and communications and the emotions.

Cost-effective outcomes

“At a time of limited funding, it is vital for health practitioners – including often forgotten arts therapists – to work together to develop new therapeutic insights and ways of meeting patients’ rehabilitation goals,” said Mr Thomas.

“Arts therapy can genuinely improve outcomes in a cost-effective way.”

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