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A ‘Hello’ song, a ‘Goodbye’ song: In a Seattle classroom, music helps toddlers struggling to connect

Dylan, on Chelsea May’s lap, left, and Raisa, with Sonia Sleiman, use a stretchy band during a Childhaven music therapy class. It’s fun, it’s exercise and for many at Childhaven it’s their favorite time of the week plus it helps with motor skills.

For kids dealing with trauma and struggling for developmental footing, music can be the tool that draws them out and spurs their advancement. Music therapy is a new offering at Childhaven, a nonprofit that serves 300 children and is helped by reader donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.  VIEW

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