Camp makes music special


A free music-based camp for special needs children and their siblings was hosted last week at the Lighthouse School by Cayman Music Therapy in conjunction with the Special Needs Foundation. 

With 22 youngsters participating in the camp, the week was a fun- packed educational and developmental experience. Organiser and facilitator Julianne Parolisi said: “It has been an awesome experience for the kids and the volunteers. There are different ages and levels of functioning represented in the group. They all come together with music, which is accessible to all of them.” 

She added that, “We have observed much progress, and kids with more serious challenges have gained confidence and had a chance to shine.” 

Assisting Ms Parolisi were six volunteers from various musical backgrounds, most of whom attend Berklee College of Music in the US. 

From 9am to noon the kids took part in activities based around music while enjoying musical stimulation and interaction with other participants and volunteers. 

On Friday, 19 August, the children held a concert to celebrate and showcase the culmination of the week’s achievements. 

Volunteer Channing Shippen said, “This week has quite honestly been one of the best weeks of my entire life. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by such beautiful caring people. Not only have I grown from this experience, but I have gotten to witness six other lives change. We truly have become a family.”  

Members of the group added that they wished to thank the Lighthouse School’s principal, Carla Bodden, for allowing them to use the school’s hall for the camp.  

Cayman Music Therapy will be hosting the camp annually. The company also provides music therapy services to the Lighthouse School, Early Intervention and Sunrise, in addition to private services.  

For more information about Cayman Music Therapy contact Julianne Parolisi at 1-345-928-5307. 

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From left, volunteers Jeneris Gonzalez and Mariza Neiada with facilitator Julianne Parolisi and Dainya Pinock make music with some of the kids. – PHOTO: STUART WILSON

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