Paediatric hematology and oncology ward
Within this ward there are children 7 months and 12 years of age. The majority of them is 3-4 years old and participate to 1 to 4 music therapy sessions. The paediatric patients are very enthusiastic and enjoy the times of the session which concretely relieve physical and psychological pain coming from their diseases and the treatments they undergo. The children express fears and worries due to the hospitalisation, and come to know the musical world better through the contact with music therapists and the instruments.
Pediatric Surgery Ward
The average age of the pediatric patient is 7 years, but the total span involve 1 to 16-year-old patients. The children are always accompanied by at leats one relative and, on average, participate to only one music therapy session. This depends on the variety of surgeries. The music therapy session help children relax and face surgery with less worries. The relatives benefit from the sessions too, and so does who works in the ward, whose work is eased.
Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Ward
This ward welcomes preterm infants who are compelled to live away from their mothers. The first sense that is developped is hearing: but, when the infant is preterm they only hear long silences and the machinery's mechanical noises. This situation causes stress for the mother who cannot be in contact with her child. The aim of this activity is to build a relatioship between parent and child based on singing as means of communication. Often, musical recordings are played to the preterm infants: the results are extraordinary. The little reactions of the children give hope to the parents who can, then, live their forced separation period more serenely.
Clinical Center for Infants
The activities are workshops of group expression for children and their mothers. The young patients, between o and 4 years of age, have developmental, psychopathologicaland behavioural difficulties. During growth, it is fundamental for the child to experience music at an early stage in order to confront these difficulties. Music helps regulate emotions, facilitates the communication between child and mother, and stimulates creativity and motor skills. This activity is the most recent: it was started in March 2015 at the Clinical Center for Infants of Castel Maggiore (Bologna).