Voices Together July 2014 Newsletter
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VOICES TOGETHER PARTNERS WITH DUKE UNIVERSITY FOR RESEARCH
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…
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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.
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