Music Therapy for Children with Disabilities

by Kutaisi Education Development and Employment Center Vetted since 2014

Summary

Music therapy has been recognized as an essential service by most leading countries in the world for people with disabilities. In particular, it improves the physiological condition, communication skills, better concentration and overall well being. The access to music therapy in Georgia is fragmented and unaffordable for most. We believe it is a necessary activity for the under served population of people with disabilities. 30 children will have Music therapy access through our Daycare Center

$2,000
total goal
$467
remaining
15
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Children with developmental disabilities require a form of expressive therapy. Music therapy uses a creative process of making music to improve a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Our Daycare Center, which has been operating since 2008, currently uses art therapy as an alternative and supporting method of psycho-social rehabilitation. Music therapy will be an important addition to our current programs. We will also provide much needed training for music therapy specialists.

Solution

The Music room in our daycare center serves 30 children with disabilities.Making music is important for all ages as it increases "psycho motor" activity, allows an individual to identify with a group,regulates breathing and increases coordination.The attached budget shows the instruments we would like to purchase, including a piano, guitar, panduri,xylophone, tam-tam and shakers. Together with DCC personnel, volunteer students of the music conservatory will be involved in project implementation

Long-Term Impact

Music therapy can help improve various mental and physical symptoms including reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. It can be beneficial to those who have mental disorders, severe or light emotional abuse, bipolar, and other serious ailments.It can increase social skills and can help children that have become withdrawn. The program will be available for other children in Kutaisi based on individual need. Research shows that music therapy improves psycho-social skills in 80% of disabled children.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.kedec.ge
Education Development and Employment Center

Organization Information

Kutaisi Education Development and Employment Center

Location: Kutaisi - Georgia
Website: http:/​/​www.edec.ge
Project Leader:
Lika Kiladze
Executive Director
Kutaisi, Georgia

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