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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 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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Yun was engaged with figurenotes
Yun was engaged with figurenotes

Yun, who is a 6 years and 6 months old girl with development delay, joined our class in August, 2016. The developmental delay is associated with impairments in motion, language and cognition. Her brother is an elementary school student with special educational needs. They live in a single-mother family now.

“As I remember that Yun could neither speak clearly nor walk/stand alone when she joined the class at the beginning. With the attraction of musical therapy, it was not so hard for her to participate in the class. Such as the keyboard experience through Figurenotes training, it involves finger and hand skills and improves the hand control well. I was very happy when Yun matched the colors correctly and played the keyboard by her own fingers at the first time.”

- Message from Teacher Yu

 

 “It's been nearly two years since Yun received the assistances from teachers and volunteers in the class.I saw her continued growth and continual progress being made during this period. I noticed her singing and walking at home, and I knew that my little girl has progressed dramatically. I saw her self-confidence and happiness. It’s unbelievable and wonderful to have these changes and I am not hopeless now. With your support, I will be stronger to overcome the challenges in the future.”

- Message from Yun’s mom

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

 

Currently, there are 75 children in the musical therapy course every month. Because of your donation, we are able to continue our services and provide the helpful course to developmental delay children in Taichung. We will keep the project rolling and help more developmental children to grow up happily. You will support parents of children with developmental delays to change their future! Thank you!

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

I needed help to walk at the beginning.
I needed help to walk at the beginning.
Joined the activity.
Joined the activity.
Played a Glockenspiel.
Played a Glockenspiel.
Held the hand of my classmate.
Held the hand of my classmate.
Enjoyed crawling and climbing on structure.
Enjoyed crawling and climbing on structure.
Walked down the stairs alone.
Walked down the stairs alone.
Show time!
Show time!

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I could recognize the color!
I could recognize the color!

Henry, who is a 4 years and 6 months old boy with Down's Syndrome, joined our class in August, 2017. The developmental delay is associated with impairments in motion, language and cognition.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to offer Music Therapy with Figurenotes to children in TFCF. Basically,the children play what they see! This is a system that works very well for children with special needs or disabilities. Especially to Henry’s case, it did help overcome language and cultural barriers between us.

Teachers, volunteers and parents/caregivers all play vital roles in Henry’s learning. We saw his significant progress within 7 months. He is one of the major members in our percussion group and can raise his hand now when I call out his name in the class. Even he can't speak properly till now, I believe he will be able to speak out clearly afterwards.”

- Message from Dr. Liza Lee

** Henry is the fake name due to the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

This year, we’ve learned a music notation system called 'Figurenotes'. It is a simplified system that uses colors and shapes instead of traditional notation. This system can enable children with Down's Syndrome or Autism to develop their musical skills and learn to play an instrument.

We provide the music therapy course for children with special needs every month. It has a wonderful healing effect that cannot easily be compared to all the other therapies. All of developmental delay children in TFCF Taichung City Child Development Center benefit from music therapy offered by you. We will continue the program and hope you could support the cause through your participation and feedback. We will carry on this duties professionally and provide the Music Magician to our lovely children yearly with all of your support. Thank you!

Wish you all the best!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Henry was really engaged with figure notes.
Henry was really engaged with figure notes.
Held hands with classmates. Happy!
Held hands with classmates. Happy!
Show time! (Henry, middle one)
Show time! (Henry, middle one)
Enjoyed the class
Enjoyed the class
Joined the show
Joined the show
Joined the activity
Joined the activity
Joined the activity
Joined the activity

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Taiwan Fund for Children and Families

Location: Taichung - Taiwan
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Project Leader:
Wen Hung
Taichung, Taiwan
$25,655 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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