Welcome to May everyone! Let's dive into the Round Up, our weekly collection of the top stories in music and healthcare.
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!
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 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.
Surprise, surprise! Music activates the reward centers of your brain.
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