The Foundation provides resources relevant to families raising children with chronic illness. These include: web-based resources, inspirational stories, support group lectures, and private consulting. We will also be presenting quarterly articles written by leading experts in various medical fields.
Music as a Form of Therapy: Changing Lives One Note at a Time
David Ervast, MT-BC, NICU-MT is a Board Certified Music Therapist
Music is a universal language. You have probably heard that statement before, and it is true; music can communicate meaning, emotion, intention, and state of mind. Music is also a powerful tool; it can empower, intimidate, encourage, and validate. Music can do all of these things because of the connection that we, as people, have to music regardless of our favorite genre or our musical skill.
However, a music therapist will tell you that music can also structure, reinforce, and validate behavior, provide smoother transitions in sessions, and facilitate discussion of a topic. A music therapist will also tell you that music can be used therapeutically to facilitate positive changes that have nothing to do with music or with musical skill. If you are now asking yourself, “Who are music therapists and what do they do?” then you have come to the right place to find out.
The Halle Grace Foundation provides guest speaking at support groups and parenting classes, as well as numerous forums for motivational speaking in small and large group settings. Dr. Heilman, founder of the Halle Grace Foundation, provides both secular and faith-based inspirational programs through the lessons she has learned in raising her three unique children.
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The Foundation seeks to provide families with children with chronic illness the resources they need to navigate the world of disability. More information coming soon.
Over the years, I have many people ask us questions on how we cope as a family with chronic illness. Below you will find some of the questions asked and the types of responses I typically give.
1. How do you always have a smile on your face?
I don't. Perhaps it seems that way, and many days I do feel joy in my heart. Other days I don't. Typically on those days, I stay home and find comfort in the quiet of a day. I guess the easiest way to explain it is, I am not always happy, but I do always have joy. I find my joy in my faith in God and comfort he has given me over the years. He has proven to be the one consistent in a not-so consistent life. For that I am grateful. But I have down days. I cry. I scream. I curse. But when it comes down to it, I make a choice...I choose to be happy. I choose joy. Read More.