Imagine a place where everyone is respected and loved for who they are. Where true potential is discovered through building relationships and connections and children are given a voice where they can be heard and understood. Imagine a place where students are people, not a label, and intervention treats the person, not the diagnosis.
Welcome to Celebrate the Children.
Hope. Promise. Potential.
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When their child with autism fell in love with a virtual reality headset, this family developed a program to help train his brain. Today, their software is being tested in classrooms - with amazing results. It's not science fiction - it's Superhuman.
It is with sadness we share the news Harry Wachs, OD passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Harry was a true visionary and pioneer whose knowledge gave us the vision to further advance the development of so many children. He will be greatly missed and always remembered for his wisdom and knowledge. We were so fortunate to be able to work together and we will carry on his legacy at Profectum.
Profectum and Celebrate the Children School will be forever grateful for the genius of Dr. Harry Wachs and all that he contributed to our developmental approaches. Both he and his wife, Ruth, were an integral part of our clinical families. Harry joined his wife, Ruth, Tuesday, but his work will live on forever within CTC, Profectum training programs and many other professional programs that have incorporated Harry’s thinking into their multidisciplinary, progress intervention programs! Profectum will publish a training video on Dr. Wach’s approach in 2017 that will be an invaluable resource to schools and clinics.
Grammy Nominated Children's Music Artist, Brady Rymer, composed Love Me for Who I Am, based on his experiences at Celebrate the Children.
This video tells the story behind Love Me for Who I Am - Songs Celebrating Children of All Abilities, featuring the students at the Celebrate the Children School in New Jersey, who inspired Brady to create this joyful album.
This project matters: it has made a strong connection with children who often find it very hard to connect to their worlds, and it sends kids on the autism spectrum a message of self-confidence and empowerment through rock 'n' roll. Parents and educators nationwide have lauded this collection of original songs, and Brady has appeared at several Autism Speaks events during the past year.
The students at Celebrate the Children School are affected by autism and related conditions. Brady was moved by the stories he heard from the school community, the challenges faced by the students and their families, and by the enthusiasm and boundless energy the children brought to their day-to-day lives. He found himself wanting to write the kids songs of their own -- anthems, really: tunes relating to their own lives, music that would bring them together, songs they could feel great about. The result? 10 songs -- proud and rockin', infectiously fun, open-hearted and uplifting, occasionally heartbreaking -- that illuminate and celebrate the world of a child with autism.
Listen to the music here: https://www.bradyrymer.com/love-me
Produced by Rick Dobbis, myKazootv
Edited by Jon Reitzes
Mixed by John Northcraft
Directed by Alex Rappoport
Celebrate the Children School had the unique opportunity to collaborate with twice Grammy nominated children’s artists Dan Myers and Brady Rymer on an album and music video celebrating diversity in children with all abilities released April 2011.
Inspired by the students at Celebrate the Children School, Love Me For Who I Am consists of songs celebrating children of all abilities. “The songs can be heard as anthems for differently-abled children and their families; at the same time, I think every child will find something to relate to in this collection. I hope the songs will invite deeper understanding and appreciation of children with autism and other disorders by shedding light on just how much we all have in common. The CD art is by Zoe Kakolyris, an artist with Asperger's Syndrome who is also profoundly deaf. The vibrant world she portrays, full of children interacting with joy and humor, perfectly reflects the spirit of this collection of songs.” -Brady Rymer
A student who inspired a song, 'So Many Ideas', noted: “That song tells exactly how I feel. The ideas that are trapped in my head are so huge I can't even type them to you. The thing I think you need to teach the world the most is that we think very intelligently but we are bound by our bodies. This makes the world think we are not thinking people. Thank you for writing that song. Tell the parents that their kids are understanding everything that is going on even if it seems like they are not paying attention. Never give up fighting for them. They can get out of their very trapped state and be heard - that is how I did it.” -Keir Keebler, 15 years old
Monica Osgood has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for over 30 years. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Celebrate the Children (CTC) School in Denville, NJ. Monica is also the Executive Director and a Founding member of the Profectum Foundation and Limitless.