Otakar Kraus Music Trust

An extraordinary group of music therapists, the Otakar Kraus Music Trust was started by Margaret Lobo, who is one of those amazing women that just never seems to stop achieving whatever she wants. Luckily her drive is very much focused on helping kids with all sorts of disabilities.

They are very much a part of our lives now as Luke has been going to see his therapist, Eddie, for over eight years. Carmem, another of the therapists, has recently achieved some extraordinary results with children with behavioural difficulties. She has developed a system of working with colours that is producing great results.

OKMT also has four other music therapists (a total of 7 in all) who work for the organisation. They each bring their individual talents to their work which is built around making a connection with the child or adult though the power of music. Their dedication has helped to provide a better quality of life for those who pass through the OKMTrust doors. The results they have achieved in their one-to-one music therapy have been inspirational as well as their innovative approach to group projects that have been developed by OKMT. These include Music Club, Club OK, A Mother and Toddler Group and shortly a modified introduction to Music Therapy Workshops for parents of special needs children.

The charity is sometimes able to provide concessionary prices for those able to demonstrate financial hardship. Otherwise costs follow the guidelines set be the Association of Professional Music Therapists.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is based on the understanding that all people have an innate responsiveness to music, that this instinct can remain in spite of physical, cognitive or emotional handicap, and that it can be used to build a relationship between the therapist and the client. Music therapists talk of the rhythm of our heartbeat, melody in the spoken voice, and turn-taking in the interaction between an infant and its mother as evidence that musicality is a basic human characteristic. The idea is that everyone can respond to music, that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled. The unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively. Music therapy is a creative therapy using musical improvisation to form a therapeutic relationship. Clients need no previous musical experience.

Street: 3 Twining Avenue  
Town: Twickenham
Post Code: TW2 5LL
Telephone: 07435 062212
Email: info@okmtrust.co.uk

OKMT work with children from the age of 2 up and adults of all ages.


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