Therapy & Performing Arts programs
Therapy & Performing Arts programs allow children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in various arts and recreational programs. In addition to receiving therapeutic benefit from these fun activities, the children also gain new and rewarding experiences from which they develop self-confidence and increased motor function. Classes are taught by certified instructors and therapists.
Currently The Genesis Foundation is providing grant funding to four therapeutic programs:
- Bournedale Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool Music Therapy programming within Bourne Public Schools. This program is, in part, funded by the Cape Cod Fall Classic golf and fishing tournament fundraiser, held in Hyannisport each year. This music therapy and enrichment program consists of students in the special education program and their peers, creating an inclusive classroom. This past year, the program averaged 63 preschoolers from ages 3-5, and these students face challenges from such diagnoses as autism, cerebral palsy, and emotional difficulties. The activities of the music therapy program, such as dance and movement activities, singing, repetition and rhyming, greatly enhance the student’s education and allow for improvement in these children’s verbal responses, language development, social interaction skills, and academic development. Additionally, The Genesis Foundation recently was able to fund the purchase of 50 new musical instruments to be used in the Music Therapy Program.
“The music therapy program complements the philosophy of our integrated preschool and provides a fun and engaging activity which is accessible to all of our preschool students, regardless of learning style or ability.” Kelly Mooney, Student Services Director/Early Childhood Coordinator for the Bourne Public School
- Wellspring Farm Learning Center hippotherapy program in Rochester, MA: Our grant will support students (in wheelchairs, with autism, developmental challenges, etc) from Carver School system for three months of therapy visits! Read more about Wellspring here.
“On behalf of my students and the Carver School System, I want to thank The Genesis Foundation for providing us with this unique opportunity to attend Wellspring Farm. We had a wonderful program, which made a lasting impression upon our students. It was great to see them open up, smile, and look forward to attending the farm every week. The farm was a great motivator for our students and it made a signifcant impact on their in-class behavior, and we as teachers had fun too! Thank you.” Deb Pomella, Elementary Special Education teacher for the Carver Public Schools, in partnership with Wellspring Farm Learning Center
- amplifi Adaptive Music Programs for Life Music education program, Burlington, MA: In partnership with LABBB Collaborative, our grant will allow amplifi to provide weekly music programming to special education students in the Burlington, MA area! This music education program is about learning and expressing through the creation of original music. Read more about amplifi here.
- Ironstone Farm – Challenge Unlimited: Our grant will allow partial scholarship providing equine therapy programming to families recommended by Dr. Catherine Nowak at the Feingold Center. Employing horses in a working farm environment, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. It uses the horse’s unique ability to enhance a person’s movements and touch a person’s heart, inspiring strength, hope and encouragement. Read more about Ironstone here.
The Genesis Foundation is eager to increase the number of programs and are appreciative of additional support from our corporate community.
To learn more about Therapy and the Performing Arts programs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.