Monday 21 March marked World Down Syndrome Day!
World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that the United Nations have officially observed since 2012.
This week Music Beat Australia and Music Beat Therapy Services celebrated World Down Syndrome Day 2022 with our wonderful clients to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion.
To kick things off, Miss Kate and her youngest sister Miss Nicci took part in a performance with the Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ) choir ‘Together Red’ at the DSQ Community Carnival on the weekend.
Kate and Nicci have been performing with Together Red since 2011.
The Together Red choir wowed the crowd with their enthusiastic performance, as the community came together to celebrate the valuable contribution people with Down syndrome make to our communities.
It was a wonderful afternoon full of activities for people of all ages!
‘Gorgeous’ George, who has been working with Miss Kate for over six years (since he was a baby!), joined Miss Kate at DSQ’s Community Festival on Saturday for a singalong.
George is an incredible little man with a huge personality and so much musicality.
He also got a selfie with his mum Cassandra and Mikey our Auslan interpreter – yes the same Mikey that you see on the news!
George also came and saw Miss Kate on Monday for music therapy at our Nundah clinic.
George and Kate spent their session swapping musical roles (George decided that he was the therapist!), beat boxing, singing, making up funny songs and sounds, listening to instructions and comparing our matching Lots of Socks from DSQ – such a fun way to celebrate WDSD together!
Music has played an important part of George’s development over the years. George’s mum Cassandra has said “I can’t imagine our lives without music and Music Therapy”. And we can’t imagine our lives without George.
If you’d like to know more, you can read Cassandra’s guest blog about how music has positively influenced her son’s life.
Miss Kate also ran music therapy playgroups at Down Syndrome Queensland on Monday and everyone was very excited to be able to celebrate WDSD as part of their regular weekly programs.
These groups are very similar to our Music and Early Learning Programs but with more of an emphasis of developmental goals of individual participants. Everyone has a lot of fun developing communication skills, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, and making music together!
Here is the 0-2 year old group celebrating World Down Syndrome Day in the best way possible – making music together!
We especially loved our shakers and the parachute!
Music Beat Therapy Services offers a variety of music therapy program for children and adults with Down syndrome. Individual programs are conducted in our Nundah clinic and across Brisbane. An early intervention music therapy program (the music therapy playgroups) and a choir program for adolescents and adults are also facilitated via Down Syndrome Queensland.
We offer music therapy programs to groups and individuals from a variety of respite centres, schools, disability services, community and child safety organisations, as well as NDIS participants.
For further information visit www.musicbeattherapy.com.au