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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Century Club

One Thursday, a couple of weeks ago, I ate lunch with around 20 community leaders as we heard about ways to get involved in the work The STAR Center is doing in Jackson and beyond.  It wasn’t a big [...]

Celebrate Senior Independence Month

Senior Independence Month I took some time this week to sit down with Lorraine Harlan, our Manager of Home Care, to talk about some practical steps individuals and families can take to give Senior Citizens the best chance to [...]

Scale Groups Social Creativity Attention Language Expression

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Reflections on MLK

I remember the first time I read the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in earnest. I was a junior in college and had signed up for a history class on the Civil Rights Movement. America’s history is [...]

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