Music Tied to Brain's Reward Center, and more great stories! (Round Up, May 6th)

Welcome to May everyone! Let's dive into the Round Up, our weekly collection of the top stories in music and healthcare.


The Barista (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Cool local story here! This story details Omar, who is an adult on the autism spectrum, and his journey to independent living, made possible in part through his job as a barista at a local chain of car dealers (Nalley). Great to see local businesses giving opportunities for people to live fulfilling, self-supported lives!


Half of all children with autism will run away (ABC News)

Scary statistics from this ABC News story. Half of all children with autism will run away at some point. This serves as an important reminder of safety precautions to take with children on the spectrum. It also serves to remind us the importance of teaching children how to answer biographical questions about themselves, such as "Where do you live?" "Where do you go to school?" "What's your phone number?" and "What's your name?," so that when approached by someone after running away, they can be reconnected with their family.

Here at The George Center, we frequently address this goal by teaching this information based on songs. Our own Ms. Laurie had the fantastic idea of teaching phone numbers using "Call Me" by Blondie!


 Children's Healthcare to invest nearly $20M in hospital expansions (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a special place, and they run a fantastic music therapy program with some truly talented MT's! It's great to see them thriving.


Brain's music pleasure zone identified (The Guardian)

Surprise, surprise! Music activates the reward centers of your brain.


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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!