From coastal Constanta to mountainous Campina, where the air was crisp and all was peaceful. Today we were welcomed by our former Distance Learning student, Mihaela, and looked after with great generosity and kindness. We visited the centre where she works, C.S.C 'Sf. Filofteia', and watched a film of one of her sessions.
We were impressed by the way she captivated a group of four young boys with autism, using carefully chosen musical activities and a selection of musical instruments. They could barely contain their excitment when Mihaela supported their music-making, or directed her own playing to them in turn! The level of focus they showed to everything Mihaela invited them to do was considerable and, Mihaela told us, far greater than they show in other sessions at the centre. It really was extremely impressive and Becca and I felt like we were supervising a UK music therapy student in the way we were able to discuss the film with Mihaela and consider how the work might develop further. We will stay in touch to support Mihaela and see the group's progress - we're particularly exicted to hear how Mihaela succeeds in involving the childen's mothers in future sessions.
Then it was time for another train, this time taking us to Bacau where we are due to meet our Local Partners tomorrow. They first received training from us in 1998. We wonder how they have developed their work since then?