Disability Connect – Support Group Meeting 24th May – Invite NZ Registered Music Therapist from Raukatauri Music Therapy CentrePosted on: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wonderful opportunity for parents to hear from a NZ Registered Music Therapist from Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, one of our corporate members, about how music therapy can support children and adults loving with disabilities.”Disability Connect is delighted to announce the Parents’ Support group meeting in May 2018.

This month they have invited ‘Russell Scoones’, Music Therapist and Clinical Team Leader from Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre to talk about how Music Therapy can support a person with a disability.

The ability to respond to sound and music is an inborn quality in all human beings. Pulse and rhythm are found in the heartbeat, in breathing and movement. Pitch and rhythm give the voice expressive and communicative qualities. Music therapy can help children and adults with a wide range of special needs, including those needing support with physical, intellectual, behavioural, developmental, and emotional issues.

Through music therapy, people of all ages are able to make huge gains, such as:

improving motor skills and speech growing their self-confidence and self-awareness strengthening social skills Improving memory, behaviour, and concentration 

Russell will talk about what happens in music therapy sessions and how each person experiences music improvised uniquely with and for them, and how it may help develop new skills that can be transferred to other aspects of life and create new possibilities for participation in the world.

Thursday 24th May 2018 – 5.30pm till 8pm, Whanau Room, Mt Richmond School,30 Albion Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, Free entry and free parking, Complimentary light supper included

Disabilities Connect main aim in hosting these parents’ meetings is to encourage and enable building a supportive community. We welcome children, provided they are supervised by a family member.

Please note there is a charge of $50.00 for professionals who wish to attend this meeting.

For catering purposes it is important to register your interest. Please email Disability Connect (admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz), phone 09 636 0351 or text Asoka at 027 457 8571 or email (asoka@disabilityconnect.org.nz) to book.

(In keeping with their ethos of working inclusively and cross-culturally with an ethnically diverse community, we are inviting all families caring for a person with a disability to attend this meeting).