Nadine Levitt Talks WURRLYedu on KTLA
Our founder and CEO, Nadine Levitt, recently appeared on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles along with Maxine Moshay and Lauren Weiser of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) to talk about our unique partnership.
Los Angeles-based ECF is a recognized innovator of services for young children, students and adults with special needs. As April is Autism Awareness month, Nadine, Maxine and Lauren spoke to KTLA about how their organizations are working together to make a big difference in the lives of students with special needs through music therapy and technology.
For children with autism who don’t have heightened sensitivity to sound, music can be a wonderful tool in that it stimulates both hemispheres of the brain. This means, a therapist or facilitator could use a song or instrument to support the development of critical life skills like self-awareness, interpersonal skills, confidence, self expression and so on. Most people love music and it can be a wonderful gateway to teaching these critical life skills.
WURRLYedu offers hundreds of therapeutic music activity lesson plans designed by Board Certified Music Therapists thanks to a partnership with Melli Music.
ECF has been piloting WURRLYedu since the summer of 2018. With WURRLYedu, ECF students are able to integrate their academic lessons into music and video using their iPads – all to expand their learning experience. WURRLYedu has become an integral part of the curriculum and supports students in learning, using music to expand their social and emotional development. And, not surprising, the students love it!
Nadine and the Kayne Anderson Capital Foundation also recently provided ECF with new iPads, iPad carts and high-speed internet so each student has equal access to technology to maximize learning.
With budget cuts, many public schools have had to cut their enrichment programs. Programs like the one at ECF utilizing WURRLyedu, are critically important for kids with special needs.