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 SRU Good News for Jan. 24, 2011 




SRU music therapy graduate is one-woman traveling band

Andrea (McClellan) Nuthak, a 2006 Slippery Rock University music therapy graduate, is a one-woman traveling band that is helping Hershey area children with disabilities improve their motor and communication skills, according to ABC Channel 27-TV, WHTM in Harrisburg, York Lancaster and Lebanon.

As a music therapist, Nuthak, who works for Living Unlimited Inc., was interviewed as she worked with a 5-year-old boy with Downs syndrome. The SRU graduate carries a drum, guitar and a number of small, hand-held instruments to her client’s homes for one-hour therapy sessions.

She calls it, “A great way to work with kids, to get them smiling and working on the stuff they need to work on...It is using music to work on non-musical goals. They are having fun, they are doing music, and they are working toward their goals.”

Goals can include increased motor and verbal skills and improved communication, among others.

Nuthak said the student in the news story needs to improve his leg muscles and related motor skills, a goal being met with physical activity as part of the “music lesson.”

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