"This therapy is truly a gift that will benefit our son throughout his life.”

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“We have been with The George Center for four years. Music therapy has made such a difference in our son’s life. It has helped his overall language development as well as his fine motor skills…He has also further developed his love of music and singing ability. This therapy is truly a gift that will benefit our son throughout his life.”

- Cindy Smith, parent

"Once you observe a session, you would have no doubt of its effectiveness..."

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“Music Therapy has been a dynamic and integral part of our methodology. Once you observe a session, you would have no doubt of its effectiveness. It is an intervention which provides an opening in multiple ways – the children’s hearts and minds are open to input, interaction, and learning as the joy, laughter and music begins. Music therapy as a language intervention is well researched and documented for kids with Developmental Delays and Autism – we see this evidence daily.”

- Amy O’Dell

Founding Director, Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center

"...I watch children benefit each day from the therapeutic value of music and rhythm."

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“Music therapy is a part of my student’s weekly programs here at Jacobs Ladder and I watch children benefit each day from the therapeutic value of music and rhythm. By incorporating music through out my students’ day I see many improvements such as: desire to interact with peers, higher comprehension and retention, release of muscle tension, decrease in anxiety, induced self stimulatory and aggressive/noncompliant behavior, improved eye contact and focus along with improvements in gross motor and academic skills. It’s beautiful seeing The George Center’s music therapists interact and connect with my students through the joy of music. A little girl once told me that she sings to make people happy; The George Center does just that by bringing smiles to faces along with warmth to the heart, all to the beat of music.”

- Katina Dunkerly

Instructor - Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center

"The skills he has developed... have made him much better equipped to succeed and reach his potential."

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“How did you handle your last mistake? Extreme frustration or violent outburst? Probably not, as you have developed coping skills, over the years and your life experiences. For many kids on the Spectrum, these skills are developing at a slower rate.During the four years our son (12 years old) has been with the George Center, we have seen remarkable improvement in these areas. Starting with piano, he was able to develop a rhythm in the music, which carried over to his everyday challenges. As to mistakes, he is much more tolerant and is accelerating his coping skills. This is helping in everyday life, as well as on his new instrument, the trombone! The annual recitals give a wonderful opportunity for the kids to shine and it’s a treat for the parents to see how proud the kids are of their hard earned success.Now with middle school, he’s faced with many new obstacles. The skills he has developed, with the help of the loving, caring people at The George Center, have made him much better equipped to succeed and reach his potential.”

- Roger Lawton, Parent

"It is a highly preferred activity... through which he is exploring music skills I did not know he had."

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“Therapy. Being a Dad of a special needs kid, i hear the word therapy a lot. To me, therapy typically means taking my son to a treatment that is not preferred, with hopes that I will see some type of measurable improvement with the assistance of a trained staff that may or may not ‘connect’ to my son. Music therapy at the George Center is not typical therapy. It is a highly preferred activity, with professional staff that connect with my special needs son, through which he is improving in social skills with adults and peers, appropriate group behavior, as well as exploring music skills I did not know he had. I highly recommend the George Center for Music Therapy for parents that want to see positive improvement in their child’s social, behavior, and music related skills with an exceptional staff.”

- David Seback, parent

"It is a therapy often overlooked, but now we know, is invaluable."

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My daughter, Abbie, is a TBI survivor. Over the past 3 years we have been through many many therapies but I think the most impressive was a true licensed and board certified music therapy program. This is not just learning to beat a drum or tap a piano key, this therapy activates both sides of the brain and works on so many aspects of recovery, including:

  • Improved communication
  • Behavior modification
  • Sensory skills
  • Motor skills
  • Social and emotional functioning
  • Cognitive skills
  •  Stress management
  • Promotion on wellness
  • Pain management
  • Memory enhancement
  • Fostering interaction and
  • Communication

We feel so much to have worked with The George Center for Music Therapy. Our music therapist was awesome and the entire staff was sp positive and caring. They have a beautiful office space and offer in home sessions. They will work with you insurance company and they direct you to scholarships and grants. 

It is a therapy often overlooked, but now we know, is invaluable. 

Thank you, 

Mary Beth Williamson