CS Mott Children’s Hospital opens music therapy studio

CS Mott Children’s Hospital opens music therapy studio

CS Mott Children’s Hospital celebrated the grand opening of Sophie’s Place, a dedicated music therapy facility, on Wednesday. The $1.5 million studio allows patients to record music, participate in music therapy sessions and perform.

Sophie’s Place is named after Sophie Rose Barton, a music volunteer at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 17. After Sophie passed away, the Forever Young Foundation established Sophie’s Place in her name. The new studio in Mott is the sixth Sophie’s Place in the United States.

Steve Young, founder of the Forever Young Foundation, grew up with Sophia’s mother, Anne-Marie Barton. At the opening ceremony, he said Barb Young, his wife and co-chair of the Forever Young Foundation, first suggested honoring Sophia after she passed away. According to Steve Young, Barb had previous experience with music therapy with an injured friend in college.

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