The reading therapeutic benefits

>> duminică, 20 mai 2012

I have always enjoyed reading. This is one of my biggest passions. While reading a book I  let my imagination fly over the actions that take place inside the story creating my characters and environment. For me reading is a pleasure, but in general it seems to be more than this – it can have therapeutic benefit as well. The name of the therapy through reading is named “Biblio Therapy”. For nine months I attended the classes of the Biblio Therapy lead by a great therapist Monica Dębska who was the person who came with the idea for organizing this therapy in Helenow. 

I am very interested in this activity and I find it very useful for the children from the therapeutic group because during the lesson children develop their voluntary attention, their listening, they comment around the read story. Every time the therapist chooses some tales with a strong morality. So, at the end of every class students achieve new life lessons, very useful for living in society.
The Biblio Therapy takes place once per week and every session lasts for one hour. At the therapy participate six students, but it depends on the situation, sometimes there are more, sometimes less. Attending this therapy there can be noticed a big amount of changes regarding their communications with the therapist and colleagues; after some sessions it’s easier to understand what the students feel and what are their emotions and desires. Children trust more in themselves and don’t feel alone and sad.

At the end of the conversation Monica wished for everyone to let yourselves be lead by the mystery of the fairytales. Life is complicated enough by itself and sometimes we should give freedom to our dreams to lead us to a better life. 

Thank you Phillippe Louis :)!


Music Therapy at Helenów

Inside my EVS project, I have had the possibility to attend some very interesting Music Therapy classes. At the end of every activity I and the students really feel different: more relaxed, with a better disposition, more optimistic, and full of positive energy taken from the music, also from the wonderful therapist and my colleagues. For more details of how these classes of Music Therapy work at Helenów I asked the therapist Bożena Ignut.

Diana: Tell me please about the Music Therapy classes organized for the group of students from Helenów.
Bożena Ignut: This activity takes place for one hour per week. In the first half of the session we sing together the songs we like the most, we play and dance. Due to the music at the lesson students develop their perception of hearing, touching, and seeing. We arrange ourselves in circles, we take ourselves by the hands and we feel each other’s power and energy. Students are expressing their emotions freely.  In the last part of the lesson students are listening to one song (from the classical music repertory); they are given a subject to think about then they are sharing their thoughts and feelings. At the end of the lesson we are relaxing, breathing and stretching our muscles.  

Diana: Who had the idea of organizing the Music Therapy classes in Helenów?
Bożena Ignut: Our Director (Mme Beata) had the great idea of organizing Music Therapy classes in Helenów. After we had a discussion around this issue I was encouraged to and received the permission to choose the group of students for the therapy classes. My students love all of the activities planned and organized for the therapy. They feel free during the lessons as they try to express their feeling and emotions. 

Diana: How many students participate in the therapy?
Bożena Ignut: In this year there are involved inside this therapy six children. But I am called by many parents who ask me to subscribe their children as well for this therapy; for this to happen I need more hours from the management board.
Diana: What are the results of this therapy in Helenów?
Bożena Ignut: Students became more open-minded, they easily expressed their feelings, they shared with the others their emotions and changed theiremotions of sadness to those of happiness. Their trust in themselves increased considerably and they could leave outside their emotions of disability that are very deeply hidden in their souls. Students are more creative and have the possibility to participate inside many music contests where they take top places for their talent and training. 

Diana: What are your wishes for the readers?
Bożena Ignut: That music will help us to share and think about our emotions. Listening to the music we feel more relaxed and fulfilled with energy and mood for living our lives. I wish everyone a good relaxed and happy life!

Diana: Thank you.

Many thanks to Phillippe Louis :)


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