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 the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah, who died in 2010 at the age of 17. After Sophie passed away, the Forever Young Foundation created Sophie’s Place in her name. The new studio in Mott is the sixth Sophie’s Place in the United States.

Steve Young, the founder of the Forever Young Foundation, grew up with Sophie’s mother, Anne-Marie Barton. At the grand opening, he said that Barb Young, his wife and co-chair of the Forever Young Foundation, was the first to offer to honor Sophie after her death. According to Steve Young, Barb had previous experience with music therapy with an injured friend in college.

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