Prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres, Heartsong, Navigating the Spectrum and the Hawthorne Foundation will be auctioning online autographed Islanders merchandise, including a team jersey, hockey stick and hockey puck, as well as an opportunity to meet an Islanders player after the game as part of their fundraiser. For more information, visit the Heartsong webpage at www.Heartsong.org.
Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy enabling children with special needs to express themselves, regardless of their verbal and motoric capacity. This is accomplished by using music and art in its many forms and styles to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development. Each child is assessed individually and placed in a music and/or art therapy group where they enjoy ensemble playing and group interaction. Volunteers work with the children and are an integral part of the Heartsong program. Beneficial outcomes include increased self-esteem and self-confidence, development of social skills, enhanced communication skills, increased attention span, and enhanced motor skills.
The success of Heartsong is measured by the result of their focused leadership, dedicated teamwork, local volunteers and the ongoing support of their entire community. Through the generosity of so many, they have been privileged to serve over 1,000 children and their families since Heartsong’s inception in 1992. Heartsong continues to make a lasting contribution to the life experiences of the children, their families, the volunteers and the community.
"Autism is a developmental disability that effects 1 in 110 individuals and is a life long commitment for many families. Parents dedicate their lives to finding the right schools, managing therapy sessions, funding curricula and learning to become teachers themselves, it is exhausting" says Dr. Tina Covington, Executive Director, Hawthorne Foundation/Hawthorne Country Day School. "We solute the New York Islanders and their effort to provide an opportunity for families to stop and just have fun while supporting the importance of sports and autism and helping to fund programs like Heartsong, Navigating the Spectrum and the Hawthorne Country Day School."