Join us for a one-of-a-kind jazz music experience, seamlessly integrated with gross motor and social skill activities. Beat NF, a jazz music-motor therapy program for toddlers and young children (ages 2 – 5 years) with NF1, was developed by a team of St. Louis Children’s Hospital therapists and Jazz St. Louis musicians. Each class focuses on improving gross motor skills often delayed in children with NF1, while also offering a platform to progress language, social and behavioral skills in preparation for kindergarten.
During each class, the children participate in carefully planned activities that aid in further development of the following skills:
- Strength, 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, a St. Louis Children’s Hospital physical therapist, will work directly with both parents and children to help facilitate the motor goals of this curriculum-based, enrichment program.
To learn more about how this program can benefit your child and to register for upcoming sessions, please visit our events page.