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How Will You Use Art? Incorporating Art Therapy

So many people ask me what art therapy is- or how to be an art therapist- or what exactly I do as an art therapist. Usually they excitedly tell me about the adult coloring books they have tried and loved. I love hearing these stories! And today I thought I would answer some of these […]

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What is Music Therapy?

When someone asks, “what do you do?” I imagine they expect an answer like teaching or counseling.  Based on the looks and questions that inevitably follow, “I am a music therapist” is not what they anticipated.  Granted the response these days is more often, “oh, you have an awesome job!”  This was not the case […]

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Tactile Maps and Anthony Doerr

What do Pulitzer Prize winning novels, the streets of Paris France, and tactile maps have in common? I recently read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel takes place during World War II and one plot of the novel centers on a young girl named Marie-Laure, […]

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Mindfulness: Season and Time

Our Creative Arts Therapy Groups (CAT Groups) serve adults with disabilities.  Intellectual disabilities are common in these groups, and our therapists work to build social skills and awareness of time.  One of my favorite things about our Creative Arts Therapy Group is the way our therapists work to acquaint their clients to time and season.  […]

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SCALE Services Weekly Group Meetings on salmon background with different colors and patterns behind it to invoke creative vibe.

SCALE Groups

Thursday, I got to end my day in the best way! When asked how we should end the session, one of our clients broke out into his own original song: “Goodbye! Goodbye!  Thank you for the music today.”  You probably wouldn’t expect it, but this particular client doesn’t often express himself in creative or original […]

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“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.” “For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” - IBM training manual

What is Assistive Technology?

What is “assistive technology” anyway? If you have never heard this term, you are not alone. The textbook definition of assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, product system, or software that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.  Ok, that’s great, but what is it anyway?  […]

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