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Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids

by Taiwan Fund for Children and Families
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
Give a Music Magician to Developmental Delay Kids
I love homemade music shaker.
I love homemade music shaker.

Mon Mon is a 3 years and 8 months old girl who is a developmental delay child with moderate intellectual disability. She experiences repeated seizures and had brain surgery, and she has developmental delays in motor, language and cognitive skills. She has joined our class since September 2018.

“I can't bear to think about my granddaughter's future since her mother died about years earlier. She is not a normal child and even could not move or walk well. Her father has to work in Taipei and Mon Mon can only stay with me in Taichung. I remember that Mon Mon could only crawl across the classroom and she was unable to stand up or sit well in class last year. I appreciated all teachers were very patient with Mon Mon and spent lots of time guiding and reminding her step by step. I was so surprised to see that the music therapy class is a magical healing to developmental delay children. I am grateful to TFCF and you for helping Mon Mon, so I will never give her up. I am so happy to hear that Mon Mon can say 'Grandma' and a few words now, and I believe she is going to move forward further. Both Mon Mon and I enjoy staying in the center and I am so touched and expecting to see her changes in the future.”

- Message from Mon’s Grandmother

** Mon Mon is the fake name due to the fact that the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

When children have developmental delays in motor, language and cognitive skills, we have to keep telling the guidance and demonstrating the action for a longer time. We know that it is hard for them to respond immediately, and music therapy is really helpful to assist children to learn positively. Children will be attracted easily by various musical instruments then participate and enjoy in the musical activities. Our developmental delay children always learn simple motor skills from the beginning in class and it is really critical for them to sit, stand and walk by themselves. Even we have a long way to go, we are thankful to have your support of our music therapy programs and we are going to assist more children and families as Mon Mon and Grandma. Thank you again for your generous donation and partnership.

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

May I try that shaker, please?
May I try that shaker, please?
I can put down my shaker.
I can put down my shaker.
What
What's that?
I can do sit ups with my teacher
I can do sit ups with my teacher's hands!
Roll sensory balls downwards towards my arm.
Roll sensory balls downwards towards my arm.
Roll big ball downwards towards my body
Roll big ball downwards towards my body
I like Classroom Roll Call.
I like Classroom Roll Call.

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I know when to be quiet now.
I know when to be quiet now.

Philip is a 4 years and 8 months old boy with congenital spina bifida. He is unable to walk well and may have problems controlling his bladder and bowels (going to the bathroom). Spina Bifida will obviously have considerable emotional effects, so he often experiences mood difficulties and low frustration tolerance with continuous crying. He has joined our class for 1 year and 9 months.

“When Philip entered the classroom at the beginning, he was unable to concentrate and kept watching other children. His emotions also affected others in the classes. Children born with myelomeningocele are at higher risk of lower extremity fractures, so Philip had to use orthotic device all the time. We are glad to share with you that he can walk smoothly with balance now, and also improved his hand positioning sense and functions. Through the musical activities, I found Philip can focus and follow the instructions well and beat the drums joyfully with confidence. Thank you again for your support and donation! It’s really a wonderful thing to see children’s progress in our classes.”

- Message from TFCF social worker

** Philip is the fake name due to the fact that the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

There are many types of possible developmental delay in babies and toddlers. Even we have to face various challenges to take care children with different conditions, we will keep moving forward because we know how important what we do. The music therapy is an important and good tools for children with development delay, and we will do our best to provide the better musical interaction with children. We really appreciate your generous donation and partnership with us. Thank you very much!

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Looking forward to starting the class
Looking forward to starting the class
I can do the same action as my teacher does!
I can do the same action as my teacher does!
I like the light and music!
I like the light and music!
I can follow the instruction well.
I can follow the instruction well.
I can be quiet.
I can be quiet.
I can move my leg with orthotic device.
I can move my leg with orthotic device.

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I can learn to ring the bell now.
I can learn to ring the bell now.

Kenneth is a 5 years and 6 months old boy with autism. He has motor, cognitive, and language developmental delays. He has joined our class for 2 years and 11 months.

“I found Kenneth emotional for different reasons and always hard to express his emotions differently. I understood that it’s one of signs of sensory over-responsivity due to Autism's sensory issues. In the beginning, he could not communicate with us and became irritable and overactive in the class. We assisted Kenneth in engaging in musical activities and got his attention shortly to increase his participation in the class. I am very pleased to share with you that Kenneth is getting better to understand teachers’ instructions and improve his motor skills. We have confidence to facilitate meaningful progress for him through our project. I am grateful for your support to give hope to more children and families in Taichung, Taiwan.”  

- Message from TFCF social worker

** Kenneth is the fake name due to the fact that the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

Due to "autistic" symptoms, we have to spend more time and patience to encourage children in the class because we know the difficulties of sensory challenges to Autistic children. The music therapy plays an important role in Autistic child growth and it is a well-established and risk-free technique for using musical interaction to help developmental delay children. We really appreciate your generous donation over the past years and your support to help more developmental children change their future. Thank you!

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Rolling a big ball
Rolling a big ball
I can follow your instruction!
I can follow your instruction!
I got it!
I got it!
With help, I could walk on Sensory Tactile Mat.
With help, I could walk on Sensory Tactile Mat.

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I love to play the fun fishing game with Mom.
I love to play the fun fishing game with Mom.

Yun is a 3 years and 5 months old girl. She has motor, cognitive, and language developmental delays. Her elder brother is a disabled child who has been served by our Day Care Center already. She joined our class in November, 2017 and transferred to Day Care Center in April 2018.

“I found Yun has motor and speech developmental delays at age 2. She didn’t make any progress in the kindergarten. In the beginning in TFCF, Yun could neither understand any instructions from teachers nor learn from classmates. However, she was attracted by the musical activities. Thus I knew that Music Therapy was a really positive way to help my girl.

Yun is getting better in the class and TFCF also gives myself time to enjoy being a parent. I thank you for giving me this opportunity to be a happy parent. All I learn from the class helps me increase positive interactions with my children. Thanks again for all the amazing project to developmental delay children.”    

- Message from Yun’s mother

** Yun is the fake name due to the fact that the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

As we know that parents of children with delays typically report more parenting stress than parents of typically developing children, we hope to support and improve their parent-child interactions. We found that music therapy as an intervention could promote mutually responsive orientation and recognize the positive effects of music therapy intervention on parent-child interaction, parent stress, and parent-child relationship in families with developmental delays children. Even it may take a long time to help children cool down and stay calm at the beginning, parents could learn about the process of music therapy and how it works. Then they will be able to help children develop at home.

There are around 70 children who receive the benefits from this project every month. We are grateful for the support we have received from you and local volunteers.I want to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'm offering these early wishes here and going to prepare Christmas events for our children soon in TFCF Taichung City Child Development Center. See you next year!

 

With the season’s greeting,

Wen Hung

My father is my classmate!
My father is my classmate!
My teacher helped me play.
My teacher helped me play.
I got it!
I got it!
Light me up.
Light me up.
I know how to play.
I know how to play.
Played the drum with my mom and brother.
Played the drum with my mom and brother.

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Tina loves to play handbells.
Tina loves to play handbells.

Tina, a 6 years and 7 months old girl. She is on the autism spectrum and receives grandparental care in a single-parent household. She joined our class in August, 2013.

“Tina could sing nursery rhymes with me and love hand clapping and grooving at home. We have seen her significant improvement with cognitive skills, facilitating a better social adaptation during 4 years in TFCF. Before transferring out, Teacher Tseng has also provided an easy way to learn the pre-number concepts through music. Therefore, I was relieved to know that she could go to a general kindergarten. That's a load off my mind and I am so happy to see her change.”

- Message from Tina’s grandmother

** Tina is the fake name due to the fact that the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

Many children with special needs graduated one after another in our center. There are many factors to consider for the transition planning of developmental delay children. We hope to see the best transition for all children. Therefore, we provide the learning of pre-number concepts through musical elements. For example, we mark the numbered musical notation on the colorful hand percussion bells, and let children learn numbers by playing handbells. We are grateful to see that Tina learned to recognize the numbers from 1 through 10 simply and also has memorized the order of numbers. She even could play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on handbells. Music therapy can help Tina build her focus and stop engaging in those other self-stimulatory behaviors.

 

We have seen the potential possibilities of all children when serving them in TFCF Taichung City Child Development Center. We know we have to carry on our duties and let developmental delay children learn in a music-filled and pleasant environment. We hope their growth never stops. With a life full of possibilities, they have the potential to keep building on their progress after being graduated and transforming to a new and better life afterwards. Thank you for your donation and support!

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Matching games for Tina
Matching games for Tina
Learn the words and sing
Learn the words and sing
Practice number concept skills
Practice number concept skills
I can match them well.
I can match them well.
Play handbells with numbered musical notation
Play handbells with numbered musical notation
Well done! Tina!
Well done! Tina!

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Taiwan Fund for Children and Families

Location: Taichung - Taiwan
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Project Leader:
Wen Hung
Taichung, Taiwan
$23,777 raised of $30,000 goal
 
366 donations
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