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Music therapy seminar to address autism issues

February 13, 2007 - TRC

DOVER-FOXCROFT - A seminar introducing music therapy and sensory integration concepts for people with autism is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sebec/Borestone conference rooms at Mayo Regional Hospital.

“Music Therapy: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Integration” will be presented by Alan Wittenberg, director of the Surry Music Therapy Center. The seminar is sponsored by Mayo and Penquis CAP.

Wittenburg is a certified music therapist and has a master’s degree in music from New York University. He provides individual and group sessions in musical therapy to clients of all ages, and provides conference presentations and training in the United States and abroad.

Parents, family members, educators, therapists, administrators, medical and clinical professionals who work with people on the Autism Spectrum will find the topics and techniques discussed to be beneficial. The learning outcomes will include activity ideas, music therapy and sensory integrative concepts in regards to autism, an introverted mental state in which individuals are self-centered and frequently do not respond to verbal communication.

The seminar will include discussion with video case studies, written and web-based research handouts, and a question-and-answer period. No musical training is necessary.
“Music is a channel of communication to clients,” notes Wittenberg. “Music and music therapy can touch us on many levels that words cannot. Music can evoke and energize clients emotionally, physically and cognitively in ways that words cannot.”

The seminar fee is $50. Bag lunches will be provided by Mayo’s Dietary Department and coffee/tea will be available. Checks should be made out to Penquis CAP and mailed to April Wohlfeil, Penquis CAP Autism Community Services, 50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. There are a limited number of scholarships available; contact Wohlfeil at 564-7116 for general questions or scholarship information.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.