Pip and Jamie’s story

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Meet Pip and James

Kia ora! Ko Pip ahau. I’m a Registered Music Therapist working in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. I have been Jamie’s music therapist for a number of years now.

Jamie is on the autism spectrum, and his goals in therapy are centred around communication, social skills, and celebrating his incredible talent at the piano. When Jamie sits on that piano stool each week, it’s like he is home!

I’m grateful that Jamie’s koro Witi has written a few words to share about the impact music therapy has on Jamie.

The impact of music therapy on my mokopuna James

"Music therapy appeals to Jamie’s oranga wairua. He feels it through his oranga tinana.

It is expressed through his oranga ngakau and is a way for him to centre himself in his hauora. He’s a boy who is harikoa in character: he becomes he taiohi katakata, menemene, mauritau, matakuikui me hāneanea."

Witi Ihimaera
(NZ Author)

"Music therapy appeals to Jamie's spiritual life. He feels it through his physical health. It is expressed through his mental health and is a way for him to center himself in his health.

He is a boy who is happy in character: he becomes a funny, smiling, confident, fearless and happy teenager."

Witi Ihimaera
(NZ Author)