The Scholarships that DSRGWM provide for the DS Community is such a generous, wonderful service. The fact that educators, parents, family members, as well as the children themselves can access educational and recreational programming without having to be concerned with cost. My daughter, Jeanette, and I participated very happily in many sessions of the “Music Together” classes. There is no way we would have been able to afford this program on our own.
Jeanette loves music, and the classes were amazing for her. Besides enjoying listening to and dancing to music, we were working on social skills (“don’t touch the guitar,” “don’t grab others’ clothes,” etc.). Additionally we got to practice playing different instruments, and using large motor skills to play with balls, hoops, parachutes, etc. - all set to music. The class is not “designed specifically” for special needs children. However, the format was such that she could participate in most activities with the help of myself or others. She got to practice approaching other children, and hopefully the other kids learned a little bit about kids’ with special needs, and how they can enjoy a lot of the same “kid stuff” together.