Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change

Doctors Uses Music Therapy With Children

A Syrian doctor has developed an unusual music therapy to treat conditions like autism, depression, anxiety and speech impediments in children.

Dr Waseem Kotoub brought his method to Syria in 2006, using music and musical instruments to help induce behavioural changes in children and develop their motor functions.

One is Mayas, a 14-year-old Down’s syndrome patient who refused until recently to have his hair cut or allow anyone to approach his head. Now, music has made him much more responsive to his surroundings.

This multimedia piece was produced during an IWPR workshop for young Syrian journalists held in Damascus, November 2009.

Trainer: Don Duncan
Editor: Raed Rafei
Project manager: Susanne Fischer

More IWPR's Global Voices