Therapeutic power of music helps strengthen the senses
Music's power to move us and stir our emotions is well known – none more so than when we are deprived of one of our senses, as the joy and wonder etched across the faces of these children testifies.
Ana-Lily Ferguson and James Steele are two of 15 visually impaired children who enjoyed a music therapy session at the weekend organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland (RNIB NI).
The family support weekend at the La Mon Hotel was held for children with sight loss and additional needs.
Parents had a chance to socialise and relax whilst their children enjoyed a fun-filled schedule which involved music therapy, sensory enrichment sessions and kids' entertainment.
And as well as soaking up the sounds created by Shane Harvey on guitar, the children were keen to reach out and hold the instrument for themselves.
For visually impaired children, music therapy works to not only strengthen the sense of sound and hearing, but to promote artistic expression in a child who otherwise misses out on expression through visual display.