Music Therapy Programs for Children with Special Needs
The Cultural Center provides a music therapy program for elementary children with special needs at St. Johns County School, Cunningham Creek Elementary. Since the program's inception in 2006, the overall goal has been to ensure music therapy is an integral part of all ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP) at Cunningham Creek Elementary School (the feeder school in St. Johns County for all students with special needs). Our certified music therapist, Minda Gordon, provides both individual and group music therapy for over 125 children a year, with moderate to profound disabilities like Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Children receive 30 to 45 minutes of therapy two to four times a week, depending on the needs of the child.
Music therapy has become an essential part of the overall school program for children with special abilities. Parents and teachers alike are excited about the benefit music therapy has for their children in meeting their therapeutic goals. This program exists mainly because of the generosity of the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc. and the vision of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Hundreds of children in St. Johns County are leading more productive and meaningful lives, and all know the joy of making music as a result of this vision. For more information about music therapy or to donate for this program, contact Leigh Rodante Lrodante(at)ccpvb.org or 904-280-0614 ext 203.