Ellington resident Kimmie Borovicka wants people with special needs to be able to enjoy and take advantage of the benefits of music therapy. That’s why she started , a business in town that provides music therapy services in home, in school, and in community based programs for individuals with special needs.
“I strongly believe that it is an integral part of my role as a music therapist to bring awareness and acceptance to the forefront in our local area so that all children in need have this treatment option available to them,” she said. “I have seen and experienced first-hand how effective and transformational music therapy with children can be, and want to continue to see this spread throughout our area of Connecticut. I began Musical Pathways, LLC., to do just that – provide music therapy services to an area where the benefits of this service are still somewhat unknown and are not used to its fullest potential.”
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Borovicka, who grew up in Vernon but danced at an Ellington dance studio for several years, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA in 2004.
She is a board certified music therapist with experience providing music therapy services to children and adolescents with autism, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric issues, Rhett Syndrome, seeing impairments, severe/profound disabilities and developmental delays (including speech). Borovicka is an active clinician within the professional development standards of the American Music Therapy Association's national and regional organizations.
She explains that music therapy is a research based, systematic process in which a trained music therapist uses music as an agent of change. Through the use of music, the client-therapist relationship develops to assist the individual(s) in attaining non-music goals for the improvement or maintenance of the person’s well-being and/or health. Music therapy is a related service that is recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
“Music Therapy is creative, fun, motivating, yet therapeutic,” Borovicka said. “For young individuals with special needs, in practice, music therapy provides structure, assists in speech and language skills, provides a non-verbal form of communication, provides sensory stimulation, and increases gross and fine motor skills, as well as other individual goals.”
Parents of children with special needs and/or teachers and administrators looking for a Music Therapist can contact Borovicka at 860-604-7677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borovicka will also be holding a on the uses and benefits of music therapy with special needs children. This will take place at the on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.