SPOTLIGHT! Shine a light on Great Prospects!

Located in Roswell, GA, Great Prospects is a non-profit program for adults with disabilities. Their mission is to provide continued educational enrichment, social interaction, community outreach, and recreational programs to the members of their program. Great Prospects is staffed by licensed teachers who are able to provide individualized attention due to the teacher-student ratio. Participants have the opportunity to participate in several programming options, including those which focus on social skills training, peer support, workplace options, community service, and planning for an independent future.

Music Therapists from The George Center for Music Therapy provide groups twice a month at Great Prospects. From the first time that I led a group there, I could tell how close-knit the group members and the staff are. There is always an underlying sense of calmness and cohesion among group members, and they are always ready for music when we arrive! Something unique that I noticed is that group members are very supportive of each other, noted by calling each other by name and encouraging each other. This is a sure testament to the value that Great Prospects has on social skills and peer interaction. Group members know about each other's strengths and interests, and know when to step in when a peer is struggling, which is a great thing to see in music therapy sessions.

The music therapy sessions that we lead vary greatly in their content, but I know that no matter what I plan for the group, I can expect full participation and enthusiasm from the group members. We do activities that focus on following directions, focused attention, gross and fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and social interaction.  All members try their best during the session, and are always willing to try new things.

It is safe to say that we love providing music therapy services at Great Prospects, and we are looking forward to seeing continued progress as the summer months come.

Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

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!