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 August 2017 | eNews


The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center has everyone singing in harmony these days!

Through a grant from the Flutie Foundation, The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is engaging children with music therapy sessions led by their Family Services Music Therapist and graduate students. Children participate through all kinds of artistic and musical activities such as singing, playing instruments and participating in musical games. BCNC is the largest nonprofit social service provider dedicated to Asian American and Asian immigrant families in the Greater Boston area, supporting over 2,000 children, youth and adults each year at three locations in Boston and Quincy.

Music helps kids maintain their attention, improve emotional expression, and develop social skills language while allowing people of ALL abilities to participate. Musical experiences can help improve motor coordination, and simple games such as playing sticks or cymbals with another child fostering social interactions throughout these sessions.

“There are very limited autism services for Chinese-speaking families in the greater Boston area. We have attended BCNC music therapy group sessions where I could communicate effectively with the music therapist who speaks Cantonese. Music therapy enhances my son's communication skills and ability to following directions.”

Music therapy is one small part in BCNC’s overall mission to ensure that the children, youth and families served have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. They also achieve this by providing ongoing case management services, conducting parent special education workshops and holding monthly parent support groups to help families advocate for their children and remove the stigma that has created a barrier to access necessary social services. The Flutie Foundation is proud to partner with BCNC as they foster relationships to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest! 

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