PARENTS OF A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD WITH AUTISM
We wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our son’s music therapy experience. Your assessment of his needs was absolutely on target. We have learned so much about the benefits that learning with music can provide. Our son with autism has struggled with developing play skills and finding appropriate leisure activities. Since he started music therapy, we are pleased that his innate love of music is blossoming into a desire to listen and create music as well as learn more about music. We knew this when he asked to watch “rock and roll” on youtube. Then we realized that he thought “rock and roll” was an actual person! Now we recognize that he can learn about different genres of music. He looks forward to his sessions even though some demands are placed on him like staying focused and using fine motor skills which are very challenging for him. And most important… he is having fun and experiencing success. We are so excited to see where his love of music can take him! Thank you so much for your kindness and commitment.
JEN GONZALEZ, INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
SUNVIEW ELEMENTARY (SOUTH EUCLID/LYDNHURST SCHOOL DISTRICT)
I am writing this in reference to the experience I had working with Erin Jester as she provided Music Therapy to the students in my classroom at Sunview Elementary in South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools. The experience was so valuable on many levels. It addressed the communication deficits that so many of my students had and leveled the playing field in a way that made it enjoyable for everyone. All students were able to shine equally regardless of their ability to verbally communicate. Various academic concepts were addressed as well by tying in various themes and science and social studies concepts. Motor issues were developed by using bilateral hand movements for instruments and gross motor coordination through dancing and movement. Students were able to express themselves and connect on an emotional level through music in a way that is not always possible for them when reliant on other forms of communication. Taking turns, developing impulse control, and finding common ground with their peers allowed for social development as well. For all of these reasons and many more, I would love for the students to continue to grow and learn through this unique and creative forum. Erin was always punctual, professional and personally vested in the success of our students. She addressed IEP goals and objectives specific to each child and brought out the best in them whenever possible. She showed not only musical talent, but a talent for pacing a lesson, understanding the student need, and compassion for their individuality. It was truly a pleasure working with her, and she is certainly an asset to any facility blessed to have her on board.
SHERRY BEREN, INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
SHAKER HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL (SHAKER HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT)
Erin Jester was the Music Therapist in my classroom at Shaker Middle School. Her services were wounderful. Not only did she treat the students, she attached their IEP goals and objectives wherever possible to her music lessons. She had a great rapport with the students and the most important thing to mention is that the students had a blast while they were learning.
KIM L. BOUGHAMBOUZ, INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
SUNVIEW ELEMENTARY (SOUTH EUCLID/LYNDHURST SCHOOL DISTRICT)
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Erin Jester, provided music therapy to the students included in both Autism Units at Sunview Elementary School. Our experience, as well as that of the students, was great. Each week Erin came fully prepared to run a +30 minute lesson with our students. She seemed keenly aware of what our children needed and created lessons based on teacher input and student need. Often students with this type of disability can demonstrate contrary behavior during activities that they deem undesirable. Without exception our students came to Music Therapy willingly and eager to participate in that day’s lesson.