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Thanks to a generous grant from the Nick Vuono Charity Fund, the Olean Center will continue providing music therapy in collaboration with Hands in Harmony for local participants in our Children's Service Program!  Because of Covid-19 the therapy is right now virtual--giving children the opportunity to benefit from the safety of their homes.  


Fatima Abbott, Clinical Supervisor, LICSW, who has worked with children for over 25 years found music therapy extraordinarily helpful for children. She describes the benefits like this:


       "Through the years I have seen how music has helped children in a variety of capacities.
        For example, through the use of repetitive sounds in songs, I have seen children more
        engaged and working harder on their communication objectives.  With children who
        struggle with memory, I have seen how putting academic information into a song
        format  has helped them recall the information. I have seen gains in children's fine motor
        skills with the use of adaptive percussive instruments such as maracas.


        Music therapy groups also help children. I have used songs to help children identify feelings     
        and how to cope with feelings of frustration and anger.  I have also incorporated music in

        "safe/calm down zone" as part of self-regulation strategies. I have used musical activities
        to assist children with social skills building such as practicing greeting, tum taking,
        eye contact, and working cooperatively with other others.


        "There is no doubt that music affects our mood, and I love using it to get the outcomes I
         am looking for in the children we service.  Also, what is truly amazing about music therapy
         is that it is fun for children.  Therefore, they are working on the goals and objectives without                         realizing they are working on them.


         With this kind of buy-in from children, success is inevitable."

Our sensory GarDen!

An update!  Children's Services Director Jason Lanzillo is hard at work planning out 

each season of our sensory garden.  And we'll be sharing new pictures as our vision blossoms.  In the warmer weather we can enjoy touching, seeing, smelling, and hearing in a special place.  A fairy garden...wind chimes...artwork...  And admiring beautiful flowers in the fresh air. In the colder months we will be exploring growing succulents and other activities  with our participants. 

Stay tuned!


Did you know gardening is a great activity for folks with developmental and intellectual disabilities? Besides the benefits of fresh air and exercise, smelling plants like lavender can reduce anxiety and stress, and touching different textures is fun! Raised beds bring the flowers closer. And, planting brings satisfaction and confidence. You can learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy and horticulture (and lots of other cool things) by visiting our Resources page.  Just click here. 

Want to learn more about programs at the Olean Center?
Check out
"Live with Olean" every Thursday on our Facebook page

with Kim Mastrofino and Meghan Fabinski. 

Here's July 2nd's interview with Fatima Martins Abbott, LICSW, Clinicial Supervisor from Children's Services!

Even the Coronavirus can't take away our smiles.  We followed the Governor's directives and closed the Center in late March for everyone's safety, but we have been staying in touch with participants and families and ensuring they have what they need.  Many participants and their families have welcomed home visits, some have been communicating through Telehealth, and some are getting together to take a hike, getting take-out and having a picnic in the park...we are all getting so creative!  And, some Napatree participants deemed "essential workers" have been on the job--supported by our staff to ensure they are safe and doing well.  Check out these recent pictures! We'll be adding more soon!

Pink Marble

Electric Boat Employees' Community Services Association

The John E. Fogarty Foundation

Newport Fed Charitable Foundation
Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce
Ocean Community Chamber Foundation

Rhode Island Foundation Covid Behavioral Health Fund

State of RI Legislature - Sponsored by RI Senator Dennis Algiere

Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving

Thank you so much to the following recent champions of our work: 

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Thanks to your support, we see smiles and progress and triumphs

every day at Olean Center. Hope you come back soon to see new photos,

info on upcoming events that might interest you, and new resources to connect you to the info you need! 


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Grazie Meeting with Staff

..and getting her picture taken in front of beautiful rhododendrons!