THERAPEUTIC MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (TME)
Therapeutic Music Entertainment (TME) is a musical performance or activity which, by virtue of its diversion, amusement and/or engaging qualities, promotes healing.
Whether a child’s challenge is medical or emotional-psychological, TME can help them express feelings in healthy ways, build self-esteem, accept their own and others’ differences, relax, be silly, have fun, and heal.
KidLinks collaborates with Child Life Specialists and other medical and early childhood professionals to ensure that all our content – on HCN and at live performances – embodies appropriate messages of acceptance and unconditional love.
HISTORY OF TME
Our passion for and commitment to TME came about, quite literally, because of a smile.
In the early 1980s, Jim Newton was asked to play at a children’s hospital during a concert tour. He sang for a group of kids, and a child named Toby who, through the music, began to smile - something he had not done in a very long time. That day, Jim made the powerful connection that there was not only entertainment value but also therapeutic value in music.
How Does Therapeutic Music Entertainment
Make a Difference with Young Children?
TME is child-focused, engaging & interactive, and is developmentally appropriate for children.
It is goal/outcome oriented:
· Creates a normalizing, safe “space” for children and caregivers
· Offers a helpful diversion or “escape”
· Empowers children, providing a sense of mastery and enhancing self-esteem
· Facilitates the expression of emotions
· Celebrates diversity
· Encourages relationship-building, teamwork and community
· Supports growth and learning
· Provides experiences of relaxation and renewal
· Delivers unconditional positive regard for children and their caregivers
KIDLINKS & TME
Since that first smile more than 30 years ago, we’ve made thousands of visits to children’s hospitals, special care centers and medical camps across the country. More than 130,000 of our cassettes, CDs and songbooks have been distributed across the world. And several of our productions have received prestigious recognition including Parents’ Choice Awards, Omni Intermedia Silver Awards, and Telly Awards. But most importantly…
We’ve helped Fiona relax and sleep before chemotherapy
We’ve made Josh laugh so hard he cried
We’ve helped Mary improve her memory and ability to focus
We’ve motivated Brian to move his body when he previously could or would not
We see little miracles like this every day thanks to the healing power of music and the generosity of people like you!