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Building Blocks - Click here
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Specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) interventions for
children with developmental and behavioral disorders
P.O. Box 184
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Introduction to Relationship Development Intervention
(RDI) - Relationship Development
Intervention is an ongoing program of clinical development and
research begun is 1996. The primary goal of RDI is to remediate
the recognized core deficits of ASD. RDI provides individuals
with ASD the cognitive, emotional, communicative and social
tools that are geared towards remediation rather than
Expression Can Heal - Janette is six years old, her brown
eyes weary with the haunted wisdom of a child who has seen more
than any six-year-old should ever see. She witnessed her father,
in the frenzy of an alcoholic rage, kick her pregnant mother in
the stomach and saw the police come and drag her father out of the
room, and she was there when her bruised and tearful mother
returned from the hospital and told her that she wasn't going to
have a baby sister after all.
MI Euro-Peds North Oakland
Medical Centers - Children and young adults with cerebral palsy
and other neuromuscular disorders receive intense physical therapy at
the Euro-Pēds clinic, the world's first and only hospital-based
intensive therapy program, in order to achieve maximum improvement in
minimal time. Children with all levels of involvement are treated and
for thousands of children, it offers treatment options never before
explored such as SUIT Therapy and the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU).
Many patients learn to do things they never did before in their lives
- roll, sit, crawl and even walk. To learn more, visit
Expectations: Parents Put Faith in Learning Programs - Like
all parents, Staci and Steve Bockmann expected their son to talk
by a certain age. When Blake continued to babble at 2 1/2 their
concern turned to shock when the diagnosis came back as autism.
Power of Music - Examines the power of using popular music,
something people already listen to, in therapy. Includes examples
of therapeutic messages in popular music as well as original music
by Freudian Slip, therapeutic rock band.
Learn to Use Devices That Help Them Speak With Others - For
12-year-old Zachary Bryant of Hampstead, attending summer camp is
about more than having fun. He is learning to master a device that
helps him do something most children take for granted:
Variety FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and
Performing Arts: An instructional and therapeutic center for
persons with mental, physical, and/or emotional impairments.
The FAR Conservatory offers Art Therapy, CAMP FAR OUT,
Dance/Movement Therapy, Gymnastics, Ice Skating and Hockey, Music
Therapy, Softball, Special Group Classes, and Theater Arts
Wilbarger Protocol -
Comments from a parent who experienced
this form of therapy with her child: "I did it with one of my sons.
We did it every 90 minutes for 2 weeks then were to back off to 3
times a day after that. Initially it helped him sleep through the
night but the effects seemed to wear off. We do an oral program
now and it does help with tooth brushing." Note:
Intervention always must be directed by a professional who has
received training in the Wilbarger protocol.
Brain Disorder, Auditory Hyperacusis, and the Promise of Music
Technology by Dr. Wayne J. Kirby, D.A., The University of
North Carolina at Asheville - "Over thirty years ago, a French
physician and noted ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Guy
Bérard, began noticing that the hearing problems exhibited by many
of his child patients were affecting their school work. He
discovered that many times the learning and associated behavioral
problems of the child were rooted in hypersensitivity, as well as
below-normal sensitivity, to sounds at particular frequencies. It
appeared to Dr. Bérard that both of these auditory conditions were
"clearly associated with many behavior and learning problems,
including hyperactivity and dyslexia" (Bérard, 1993). In response
to these observations, Dr. Bérard set about devising an auditory
training program designed to normalize these hearing anomalies and
ultimately cause the "amelioration of [the] behavior or learning
problem" (Bérard, 1993). This technology-based auditory training
has since come to be known as the Bérard Method of Auditory
Integration Training (AIT).
Director of SHSU's Music Therapy Program Credits Student Enthusiasm With
Program's Success - To say Mary Ann Nolteriek's music therapy students are
"enthusiastic" about their studies at Sam Houston State University might be a
bit of an understatement.
American Music Therapy Association - By educating doctors,
nurses, teachers and families about the many uses of Music
Therapy, the American Music Therapy Association works to ensure
that every child, adult and family in need of Music Therapy has
access to first-rate programs from qualified professional Music
Therapists in their own communities.
Study: Music Helps
Kids' Verbal Memory - Remember those
piano lessons you hated, or those dreaded hours practicing the violin?
It turns out they might have gotten you better test scores.
Book Review: Music therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child
Linking Music Learning to Reading
Instruction (PDF size=205kb) - Tracking the relationship
between reading skills and the skills used in music-text and score
reading reveals that music education enhances reading abilities.
Alabama Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association (Orff
Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music.)
A website geared
towards speech therapists from the Indiana Resource Center for
The Role of the School Speech Language Pathologist and the Student
with Autism from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism:
Social Communication and Language Characteristics Associated with
High Functioning, Verbal Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum
Disorder from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism:
Birmingham's Variety FAR Conservatory
of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
1669 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
Our offices are located at 15 Mile/Maple Road between Cranbrook
and Southfield in room 201 of the First Presbyterian Church
Mission: The Variety FAR Conservatory of
Therapeutic and Performing Arts is an instructional and
therapeutic center for persons with mental, physical, and/or
The purpose of FAR is to provide an atmosphere where the creative
talents of the individual may be challenged and expressed, thereby
enhancing the intellectual, social and cultural well being of each
student. By gaining knowledge and
understanding of the chosen artistic discipline, students gain a
personal sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
All classes and activities offered through FAR Conservatory
are structured to meet the diverse needs of a specialized
clientele. We at the FAR Conservatory
are committed to ensuring that all projects, activities and
performances in which a student is involved upholds the life
affirming philosophy of the Conservatory.
The FAR staff of professionals and volunteers are dedicated
in their service to provide fun learning experiences and help each
student become well rounded, happy and healthy.