Fall Program Underway

Our fall Creative Arts Program for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities is well underway, with 11 participants, as many wonderful volunteers and 5 music therapy students!  A lively group.  The story follows the adventures of a Donkey Prince and a Brave Young Girl on their quest to retrieve a magic apple belonging to the prince’s mother, [...]

Winter 2014

We are now several weeks into the new story – “The Raven Princess” –  based on a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, as are many of our other stories. When the princess was just a young child, her mother the Queen was trying to get her to have an afternoon nap; the child refused and threw a [...]

Fall 2013

In our Fall 2013 Creative Arts Program for Youth the participants got to dramatize two stories – the first was planned and run by me, Kathleen Purdy, and Music Therapist Heather Price. We chose the story of Iron John. Based on a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, the story relates the adventures of a young prince who [...]

2013 – The First Half

Here it is – half way through the summer, and I am just now finding the time to consolidate my thoughts on the very full but rewarding winter and spring just passed.    Working in my garden has given me time to ponder all that has transpired and a moment or two to think about [...]

Jam Dance is a program that is designed to bridge the gaps that separate people.   It is an inclusive form of guided creative physical and musical play.   It embraces the distinct  gifts of each person and encourages sharing and empathy.    The whole experience is alive with possibilities and opportunities to discover our selves, each [...]

Flying with the sparrow: How legends empower people with disabilities In this presentation Nicola will share her experiences in the UK, Japan and South Africa.  She will: –  Talk about storytelling in the lives of people with disabilities –   Show examples of the work of Openstorytellers, the world’s first company of storytellers with intellectual [...]

For the last three Wednesdays, Music Therapist Heather Price and I (Kathleen) have brought  Interactive Storytelling and Music Therapy to youth at a local Residential Home.   All the participants are in wheelchairs, are non-verbal and some are blind.   So music was the main ingredient.  We based the program on the story of The King, The [...]

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