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October Open House

We are hosting 3 VT in the Community group open houses this October.

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September 2014 Newsletter

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In this Issue:
Back to School Tips
October Open House
VT is now an Official KidCents Charity

Back to School

Returning to school after summer vacation can be hard for any child. For a student with autism, this time of year can be especially stressful. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have trouble adjusting to change.

1. Have you child make choices about their school supplies and what they might wear on their first day back.
2. Write a social story and talk about what the day will look like and how it will be different than summer.
3. Talk about what is exciting and what is scary before and after their first day of school. Give them support when it comes to what they may fear and let them know who their support system is within the school.

Register for an Open House

Voices Together in the Community group sessions are ideal for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, and neurologic impairments.

Upcoming Open Houses

Preteens (8-12 years old)
Tuesday, October 14th
North Raleigh ~ 4:15-5:00 pm

Little Voices (3-7 years old)
Tuesday, October 14th
North Raleigh ~ 5:15-6:00 pm

Register  for one of our open houses and free introductory sessions.

Round Up and Help Kids in our Communities

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Rite Aid and are now an official KidCents charity! KidCents is a program created by The Rite Aid Foundation that allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help support kid-focused charities.

Voices Together will now be listed as an official KidCents charity on kidcents.com. Through KidCents, Rite Aid customers can visit www.kidcents.com, elect to round up their Rite Aid purchases, and donate their change to an official KidCents charity, which now includes us!

Sign up  to support Voices Together with your KidCents round-up donations.

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Exciting News from Voices Together

Voices Together July 2014 Newsletter

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VOICES TOGETHER PARTNERS WITH DUKE UNIVERSITY FOR RESEARCH
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Voices Together is excited to announce that we have a new collaboration for research with Duke University out of the Duke Bass Connection Initiative. The goal of the research project is to measure the efficacy of the Voices Together in Education program in NC public schools special education classrooms.

Project researcher, Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Psychology, and Neuroscience, and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Voices Together on this innovative project. About 30 percent of children and adolescents with autism are minimally verbal. We hope to demonstrate that the Voices Together program helps these children learn to communicate more effectively with others.”
Read the full story on our website… (http://voicestogether.net/for-immediate-release/)


VOICES FROM THE FIELD
By: Kate Geouge
Every day people with disabilities and are ignored, judged, pitied, or ridiculed. People look at the surface of someone with a diagnosis and don’t realize that the thoughts and feelings underneath are just as real and complex as their own. I love creating a space where our clients can come together to explore their feelings, to share them, to practice saying them out loud. Someday, they will have the opportunity to say them to someone who never listened before. And because they’ve practiced within the support and safety of the group, they will be heard. Read more online…


Double Your Gift Today
Your gift provides need based scholarship funds for our community programs, and helps to increase our capabilities to serve more students in special education classrooms in North Carolina.

Right now all donations will be matched 1:1 up to $250,000, enabling donors like you to double the impact of your contribution. So, for every dollar that is donated we receive two, donate $10 and Voices Together receives $20.

Help us support individuals with developmental disabilities living in our community.

A Message from our CEO
This month I was fortunate to be invited to speak at The World Congress of Music Therapy in Vienna, Austria. What an incredible experience! 45 countries were represented at the conference and over 1000 music therapists attended from around the world. I was so impressed by the depth and breadth of our profession and would like to share some amazing highlights with you

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A Message from our CEO

This month I was fortunate to be invited to speak at The World Congress of Music Therapy  in Vienna, Austria. What an incredible experience! 45 countries were represented at the conference and over 1000 music therapists attended from around the world.  I was so impressed by the depth and breadth of our profession and would like to share some amazing highlights with you.

  • Dr. Sumathy Sundar is a music therapist conducts research in cancer care in South India.
  • Juanita Eslava is a music therapist in Columbia and is conducting research in the area of neuro-rehabilitation.
  • A music therapist in Lebanon presented on music therapy in refugee camps.
  • A music therapist from Hungary presented on using orchestral work with people living with severe disabilities.
  • A music therapist in Thailand presented on the effects of Kodaly-based music experiences on social communication for autistic children.
  • A music therapist from China presented on the effectiveness of music therapy in the treatment of dementia patients.

I feel so honored to have had this opportunity to experience the growth, expansion and global impact of our profession.

 

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