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What they aim to achieve
BreathStars is an experimental project. It tests if singing helps the breathing of children with asthma.
For more information see the following Publications
Evaluation of a Choir as a Non-Medical Intervention for Children with Asthma: BreathStars, published in Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, Volume 43 Issue 2,
Singing for Lung Health for Children with Asthma by Heather Henry. Independent Nurse 15 June 2020.
Take a look at our External academic evaluation BreathStars-Can Singing Help Children with Asthma?
What they do
BreathStars is an experimental project originally funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) and the Big Lottery Fund. It tests if singing helps the breathing of children with asthma.
It is a partnership approach between Unlimited Potential and Brightness Management Limited (a nurse entrepreneur called Heather Henry).
We engage a professional music therapist to help us, with musical advice, help and support from The Hallé. We also play games and tell stories to improve asthma knowledge in fun and memorable ways.
Most of the evidence for singing for lung health comes from adults with chronic lung disease. As yet there is little evidence in children with asthma, so our work is focused on testing ideas to see if they help children with asthma and their families.
Our first test of change started a year ago in Little Hulton and North Walkden (Salford) and ran for 9 months, with 4-6 families singing together. A highlight for us was when the Universityof Salford, our external evaluation partner (download the report from here) confirmed that families were saying that children were breathing better and using their reliever inhalers less.
We have worked with Bay Health and Care Partners (the NHS and its partners in Morecambe Bay) to teach a community music organisation in Morecambe, singing for breathing techniques.
We also sang with the choir at St. Paul’s Peel C. of E. Primary School for a year. The economic evaluation for this project was conducted by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies as part of the Evaluation of the Salford Third Sector Grant Fund.
We are now thinking of developing BreathStars through social licensing so music organisations can have a licence from us to train others in singing for lung health techniques to defined standards.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, online games and singing activities for children with asthma have been funded by Forever Manchester and Salford CVS with support from Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. You can find the link here.
Where they operate
Morecambe Bay and Salford
Who is eligible
Children with asthma aged 9-12 years old
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