Monday Round-Up, March 18th

Welcome to the new week! Hopefully your St. Patrick's Day festivities don't have you feeling less than 100% this morning. Let's get to our favorite stories this week!


'Auti-sim' Game Simulates Life with Childhood Autism (Mashable)

From Mashable, a cool story about a group of programmers who participated in a health "hackathon," getting together to write software athat can lead a hand in the healthcare world.

One programmer, Taylan Kadayifcioglu, decided to make a program that simulates the experience of child with autism who is overstimulated by sound and light. The game let's users walk around a playground, and as they get closer to other children, the sound level raises to an uncomfortable volume, vision becomes pixelated, and faces are blurred.

Now the game is far from perfect. As anyone who has spent anytime in the autism community knows, autism is a spectrum, and no two persons with autism experience it in the same way. However, it does provide an idea of how a child with autism might experience a social environment that other's may find enjoyable.


'Inside Autism' Sensory Overload Simulation


The programmer behind "Auti-Sim" was inspired by this scene from "Inside Autism," which I was unfamiliar with. The movie is made by an adult with autism and shows neuro-typical people what it's like to have autism. In this clip, we get an idea of what sensory overload looks like during a trip to the store.


The Best Health Sites for Kids (USA Today)

USA Today offers up a collection of health sites aimed at children that helps them learn disease and staying healthy. A useful resource for parents too!


Using Music to...Lose Weight? (The Global and Mail)

Check out the bottom of the list on this one. Research shows that soft music can help reduce the emotions that lead to overeating. I've heard of music to pace exercise, but didn't realize research supports using it to pace eating as well. Very cool!


 One-Handed Violinist Helps People with Disabilities Make Music

Had to modify the headline here (C'mon people, person first language), but this is a pretty neat long-form article about Adrian Anantawan, a violinist who was born with one hand. I particularly like this quote:

"Accessibility is not an act of charity, it's one of lifting the ceiling of potential development so that all children can explore this world, but also possibly create new ones."


Any Dream Will Do Crew at the Woodruff Arts Center!

Check out our performing arts class for teens taking in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra! We had a great time listening to the wonderful music and learned about the orchestra and concert etiquette on the way!


SER-AMTA Conference

Don't forget, the whole George Center crew will be heading up to Chattanooga for our regional music therapy conference at the end of this week! Both Jamie and Andrew will be presenting, we'll share highlights from their presentations next week!

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Jamie George


Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!