Villa students creating music during their end of the year performance. [Photo: Michelle Cox]
From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 | 2:28 PM
Villa Esperanza Services students celebrated the end of year with an awards program and talent show. The morning was enjoyed by community partners, families and friends. Students from each of Villa’s nine classrooms performed musical numbers for the audience.
This year’s awards program was enhanced through the use of music thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded by the Pasadena Showcase House for music therapy for children with special needs. The goal of Villa’s School is to provide the highest quality education, care and services to children and youth with developmental disabilities. The majority of the children Villa serves are moderately to severely autistic and over 85% are completely non-verbal. “Music therapy is a valuable service offered to our students in order to support their progress toward academic, communication, social and behavior goals,” explains Casey Gregg, Vice President of Children & Youth programs at Villa. “It is a very effective method of teaching children new ways to communicate and it helps them connect with their family, friends and the communities in which they live. Thanks to the generosity of the Pasadena Showcase House, Villa will continue to provide the much needed and enjoyed music therapy sessions.” Villa’s Music Therapy is provided by a board-certified music therapist who has a specialized degree in the adaptive and therapeutic application of music to enhance non-musical areas of functioning.
Villa’s school provides care and education for children ages 5 to 22 years old who have special needs associated with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. The individualized educational focus allows teachers to address each child’s specific goals with the full support of a team of Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Behavior Therapists, Recreational and Music Therapists. Villa is known for educating children with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and behavioral challenges.
Villa Esperanza Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and education of children, adults and seniors with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1961 by a group of mothers who believed their developmentally disabled children deserved quality care and education, the program was named Villa Esperanza, “House of Hope,” in 1966. Villa believes in providing the right program to fit the needs of the individual, encouraging each to achieve an appropriate level of independence; developing model programs that meet the unmet needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities, and vulnerable, at-risk adults and seniors; and creating a support system for their families. For more information please call (626) 449-2919 or visit www.VillaEsperanzaServices.org.