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Therapeutic Programs

The Genesis Foundation for Children is proud to provide grant funding to four therapeutic programs.

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The therapeutic programs we fund allow children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in various arts and recreational programs, taught by certified instructors and therapists. We accept grant applications for programs looking for funding.

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Therapeutic Programs

In addition to receiving therapeutic benefits from these fun activities, children also gain new and rewarding experiences from which they develop self-confidence.

Therapeutic Programs

Bournedale Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool

Music Therapy Program

Bournedale Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool Music Therapy program creates an inclusive classroom for preschoolers ages 3-5, with diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, and emotional difficulties. The program focuses on improving verbal response, language development, social interaction skills, and academic development through dance and movement activities, singing, repetition, and rhyming. The Genesis Foundation was able to fund the purchase of 50 new musical instruments to be used in the Music Therapy Program. This program is, in part, funded by the Cape Cod Fall Classic golf tournament and the Jack Sewell Music Therapy Scholarship.

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Therapeutic Programs

Ironstone Farm – Challenge Unlimited

This grant will allow partial scholarships, 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.

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Therapeutic Programs

The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s

Music Therapy Program

The Music Therapy Program has been offered as part of the educational curriculum at Franciscan Children’s Kennedy Day School (KDS) for over 40 years. KDS’ music therapy programming is unique as it supports students facing challenging medical and special educational issues by engaging them in a curriculum that provides numerous therapeutic benefits. Music therapy is particularly important in special education as it facilitates communication, especially for children who experience difficulty speaking on their own, and encourages the use of music as a lifelong tool for self-expression and creativity. The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s is grateful to the Genesis Foundation for supporting our innovative music therapy programming to help our students learn, create, and express themselves.

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Therapeutic Programs

Kids’ Connection Corner

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Kids’ Connection Corner (KCC) provides opportunities for socialization, life skills development, and creative activities for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This three-hour program runs for 20 Sundays throughout the year at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. KCC promotes optimal health by strengthening support networks for children with ASD and their caregivers. The program provides participants with a range of creative and fun activities that are appropriate for children and adolescents with ASD, such as adaptive sports and music therapy. JF&CS created the KCC to fill a gap in targeted and sensitive recreational and respite activities for children and their families.

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We are eager to increase the number of programs and are appreciative of additional support from our corporate community.

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I could see the fear in my wife’s eyes. Dr. Feingold took a lot of time to explain everything to us that day. The most important thing he said was that it would be a journey, but one that he would take WITH us. In that moment, I saw the fear in my wife’s face disappear.

Michael Murphy, father of Zachary, a patient of The Feingold Center for Children

When I learned that my child had problems, I was sick with worry. It is an indescribable feeling of helplessness and powerlessness, fear and anxiety. I don’t know if those feeling ever went away completely. I will always worry. But I now know I don’t have to go it alone. We have the team of professionals at the Feingold Center for Children to thank for that.

Denise Porcello

Our gratitude to The Feingold Center for Children & The Genesis Foundation is immeasurable. Because of their assistance, we have been able to spend more time focused on loving Daniel and his younger brother Brendan. By providing and facilitating optimal care for Daniel, he has reached his true potential and our family has been transformed.

The O’Donnell Family

Bella would need many specialists and we wanted the top ones. The Feingold Center stepped in immediately to help with that and still organizes Bella’s yearly visits with her team. It takes a huge amount of stress off of us as the parents to schedule everything, which is extremely important since Morquio is a progressive disorder.

The Burton Family