Beat NF provides your toddler or preschooler with NF1a one-of-a-kind jazz music experience seamlessly integrated with gross motor and social skill activities. Developed by a team of St. Louis Children’s Hospital therapists and Jazz St. Louis musicians, each class will improve your child’s gross motor skills while offering a platform to progress language skills, leadership and confidence. Attending consecutive sessions will help your child build a solid foundation for kindergarten.
During each class, your child will participate in carefully planned activities that aid in further development of the following skills:
- Strengthening, balance and coordination of all muscle groups, under the supervision of a physical therapist
- Expressive and receptive language skills to improve communication
- Social confidence to encourage group play, taking turns, using manners and building friendships
- Exposure to live jazz music and history including learning about famous jazz musicians and the instruments they mastered
Courtney Dunn, PT, DPT, aphysical therapist with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will work directly with you and your child to help facilitate the motor goals of this curriculum-based, enrichment program.
View the Fall 2016 Beat NF flyer to learn more about this session, or visit the Beat NFpageto learn more about this unique jazz music-motor therapy class for toddlers and preschoolers (2 – 5 years) with NF1.
This event is funded through the generous support of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Saigh Foundation.