D’Addario Foundation Donates to Music Therapy Program

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf would like to thank The D’Addario Foundation—a dedicated supporter of the Mill Neck Music Therapy Program—for their generous donation of snare drum heads, drum sticks and guitar strings.

When it comes to literacy, Deaf children have the odds stacked against them from the time they are born. A Deaf infant begins life in a soundless world with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of what is happening around them. By school age, most Deaf children’s language skills are significantly behind their hearing peers and the gap tends to widen as time goes by.

With literacy acting as a distinct road block for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing child, Mill Neck was pleased to find studies that show music can act as a powerful tool to positively affect oral language development and increase other literacy skills. Historically, Deaf children do not usually have access to music, but the effects of the advanced technology such as high-impact hearing aids and cochlear implants alongside this particular therapy are visibly astounding.

In 2009, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf launched the Music and Literacy Program, where students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have other disabilities participate in music therapy to improve pre-literacy skills, auditory memory, expressive communication skills and much more.

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