It is no secret that the COVID pandemic has created lots of changes in recent times and our need to be able to pivot to online services was one of them. Although we have provided online individual therapy for quite some time, the previous lockdowns meant that we also needed to adapt some of our group programs the same way.
Our music group, Music Matters was one of those and required some quick training about delivering to a group of children and families rather than an individual. We also had to consider the audio signal in a group, as well as asking families to mute their microphones when
the group was singing (except for the Music Matters leader), and we had to communicate with families prior to the session to let them know
what props were required.
Fortunately, throughout the sessions, the children were able to remain engaged and were still able to contribute song ideas.
The ability to quickly adapt to online group therapies allowed the continuation of the routine that we would normally follow in Music Matters, ensuring that families had a consistent service and maintained important connections for children and parents throughout the lockdown. It also means that if another lockdown were to happen, we will be ready to make sure that no child misses their vital therapies.