SEF GRANTS IN ACTION: Music therapy and yoga offer special benefits – News – Scituate Mariner

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With the 2017 grant award to CORSE (Community of Resources for Special Education), Scituate Education Foundation (SEF) is proud to have contributed to the enhancement of the ongoing Therapeutic Wellness Student Programs: Music Therapy and Yoga. CORSE President, Tracy Johnston, gave us a little history of these programs.

“CORSE has been running Music Therapy and Yoga programs for the district since 2007, which began with a pilot program for the Early Childhood Center (ECC). Given its incredible impact on the students and staff, CORSE expanded and has continued these programs over the past 11 academic years to include all grades in the district, from ECC through the SHS iExcel class.”

Offered via an award-winning collaboration between CORSE and the South Shore Conservatory, music therapy offers students with special needs the opportunity to practice school-related concepts and skills in a motivational, social, and fun manner. Songs and activities, correlated with classroom themes, help to build language, thinking, and social skills.

A teacher in the Primary Learning Center reports that, “The music therapy program is a great success. For our students with speech and language challenges, the music helps them in so many ways ranging from increasing phonological awareness, rhyming, rhythm and patterns – all foundational pre-literacy and math skills needed to make effective progress. The main thing is it is very motivating and all of the children really enjoy it!”

The benefits of the yoga program are familiar to all who practice this mind-body exercise: mindfulness, concentration, physical ease, and emotional balance.

“It is a great opportunity for students to participate in group exercise and wellness,” says Tracy Johnston.

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