Wishing Well House charity helps to support children and young people with autism who want to pursue a career in the arts or those who simply enjoy participating in dance, music or arts related activity. The financial pressure on the parents of children and young people with autism is in many cases significant, with very little support for arts based activities. We understand the frustration when it is often music, dance and the arts in general that can help to unlock emotions and help them to communicate and interact with other children and young people. We have also seen first hand that in some cases it can help those with autism to talk, when previously there has been little or no communication through language.
We can provide part or (in rare cases), full funding for courses and lessons or we can provide equipment such as musical instruments and dance wear. Please note that all applicants for funding must complete a comprehensive questionnaire to ascertain if you comply with our criteria. These are sent out to applicants if we feel we may be able to help. In the first instance, please email us with a brief explanation of the type of financial support for which you are applying.
What the Experts Say...
"Music therapy is excellent. It can help with the development of communication and the expression and management of emotions. Some children with autism and Asperger's can develop talents in the area of music."
Dr Tony Attwood, expert in Aspergers Syndrome
“It has been noted time and again that autistic children evidence unusual sensitivities to music. Some have perfect pitch, while many have been noted to play instruments with exceptional musicality…..Since autistic children sometimes sing when they may not speak, music therapists and music educators can work systematically on speech through vocal music activities. In the music classroom, songs with simple words, repetitive phrases, and even repetitive nonsense syllables can assist the autistic child's language. Meaningful word phrases and songs presented with visual and tactile cues can facilitate this process even further.”
Myra J. Staum, Ph.D., RMT-BC, Director and Professor of Music Therapy, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon