1 How to Approach – An Overview

This introductory video provides an overview of how the MindHarp can be utilised by a carer. Each subject is addressed in more detail in the MindHarp Activities area. Here you will find  video footage from actual sessions to illustrate the application…

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2 Manage and Encourage Changes of Mood

Sometimes it's nice for everyone to fall quiet and simply enjoy listening. You may notice how changes in mood are reflected in facial expression and body language. One of the key benefits of MindHarp is that, because it is proactive,…

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3 Memory, Reflection

When engaging with the MindHarp, players sometime remember moments from the past. They also tend to describe what the sounds remind them of. This can lead to more memories and stories. Changing between the sounds (LydianBanks) can generate different emotions…

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4 Feeling the Music – Single Play

The MindHarp is also a solo activity. One player can enter the world of musical sound on their own and dive deep without any facilitation. Ask the player to put their hand on top of the speaker. The sound vibrations…

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5 Singing & Humming

Taking people into a musical space can trigger musical responses. In MindHarp sessions it is common for people to sing or hum along or even sing harmonies. Sometimes people will recite songs in their entirety, often from their childhoods or…

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6 Mimicry and Movement

Music and movement are closely related. Some people will move naturally to the sounds of the MindHarp. They may express themselves, how they are feeling or what the sounds represent by moving their hands and arms. Sometimes they will use…

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7 Associations with Sounds

The MindHarp can conjure up associations and stimulate the mind and imagination. Some of the sounds are atmospheric and are open to interpretation. This can be fun and stimulate chat and conversation. Carers can use their imaginations too. We may…

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8 Burst of Sound

It can be fun to fill the space with a lot of sound. Most need encouragement to try this, so give them permission to 'make lots of noise'. Lead by example, go wild and hit lots of buttons! Some will…

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9 Stimulating New Patterns of Play

If people are tentative they sometimes get locked into patterns of play. Observe the sequences in which they tap the buttons and encourage and guide them to try different patterns. Use the colours and numbers on the pads to encourage…

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10 Social Interaction

When working in pairs, threes or fours there can be a lot of social energy, chat and laughter around the use of the MindHarp. It's not just about listening. Of course, the social energy depends on the personalities and communicative…

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11 MindHarp Musitation

  Especially powerful as a group activity, encouraging a 'musitation' is a lovely way to deeply relax for both the cared-for and the carer. It is a participative activity and may work well with family, friendship groups or with trusted…

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12 Tapping & Clapping

Rhythm is something we all respond to. The MindHarp contains rhythmical sounds which are also reminiscent of environmental sounds. You can use these to clap or tap rhythms as well as use them for association wordplay. session guidance Objectives Exploring…

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13 Create a Film Sound Track

The magical sounds of the MindHarp are very atmospheric. As something a little different you can play along to movies or documentaries (...with the sound turned down!). It's absorbing in a whole new way and you will discover how much…

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