Sound Beam do­na­tion thrills House of Hope

The Glengarry News - - News -

Rachel’s Kids is “over the moon” to re­port that thanks to the Alexan­dria of­fice of The Com­mon­well Mu­tual In­sur­ance Group, campers and clients will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing a lit­tle different while spend­ing time at House of Hope.

With a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from Com­mon­well of $10,000, Rachel’s Kids will be pur­chas­ing a Sound Beam for its cen­tre.

A Sound Beam is an award-win­ning “touch-free” de­vice which uses sen­sor tech­nol­ogy to trans­late body move­ment into mu­sic and sound. It gives chil­dren and adults the opportunit­y, re­gard­less of their im­pair­ments or dis­abil­ity, to play mu­sic.

“We are so ex­cited about this do­na­tion and to add this stim­u­lat­ing piece of equip­ment to The House of Hope,” says Kim Lau­zon, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for Rachel’s Kids. “The Sound Beam will ben­e­fit our Su­per Kids campers with a mu­sic com­po­nent added to their daily cir­cuits dur­ing their time with us at camp. We will also be able to pro­vide mu­sic ther­apy to our clients. The ben­e­fits of us­ing a Sound Beam are end­less and we’ve wanted to pur­chase one for quite some time but the cost was out of our bud­get. I am look­ing for­ward to wit­ness­ing how our camp lead­ers and work­ers will in­cor­po­rate mu­sic ther­apy through our programmin­g and our campers’ re­ac­tion when they get to ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing mu­sic and hav­ing fun!”

A Sound Beam is known for its multi-func­tional ef­fects and ben­e­fits as well as high suc­cess in stim­u­lat­ing imag­i­na­tion through move­ment and sound. It al­lows one to build con­fi­dence about mov­ing in a space, de­vel­ops im­pact­ful fine and gross mo­tor skills.

It al­lows a child to ex­plore cause and ef­fect while en­cour­ag­ing lis­ten­ing, attention and con­cen­tra­tion.

“It’s sim­ply an­other won­der­ful tech­nique our team will ap­ply to fos­ter a sense of achievemen­t for our “Su­per Kids” as well as em­power them to shape cre­ativ­ity through com­po­si­tion. It’s a win­win all around.”

Rachel’s Kids is a non-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­ceives no other fund­ing than what is sub­mit­ted through do­na­tions and com­mu­nity fundrais­ers. “The love and sup­port they have re­ceived over the years speaks vol­umes about the com­mu­nity we live in and the in­creased need for pro­grams and ser­vices for spe­cial needs chil­dren and fam­i­lies,” says Rachel’s Kids.

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