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 your 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.
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 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.
By: Yasmine White, CEO & Founder
This month I was fortunate to be invited to speak at The World Congress of Music Therapy in Vienna, Austria. What an incredible experience! Forty-five 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 in 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.