Recap: Visually Impaired Peer Support Group Meeting
Our October VIPS program was a success! Austin Robinson from Edge Music Therapy did a presentation on music therapy, along with a coworker and a couple students from the UK Music Therapy Program. Music Therapists use music to accomplish goals they set with their clients. They address client needs in a lot of areas - behavioral, social, emotions, cognitive, and physical. Edge Music Therapy's website says they are trained to adapt quickly to personal preference to provide high levels of engagement and enjoyment, and that is exactly what happened when they came to BCB.
The presenters began by asking about the group's music interests and after they got an idea of our genere preferences, Clayton, a UK student, started off the meeting by singing and playing a few songs like Ring of Fire, Hey Good Lookin', and some gospel tunes. Our attendees joined in quickly, with everyone singing and smiling. After that another UK student, Katie, who is legally blind, explained what music therapy meant to her and why she chose it as her major. Then, the presenters handed out instruments to all those attending and some music games were played. Everyone joined in and had a great time! Music Therapy proved to be a great stress reliever and mood booster for our guests. 22 people were in attendance and 94% reported learning something helpful!
Contact information for Austin Robinson, Owner and Director of Edge Music Therapy: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.edgemusictherapy.com; 859-433-9334