Arts for Healing is introducing new summer group programs in art, music and dance movement for toddlers, children and teens with special needs.

Six sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday. The first session begins June 24 and run through Aug. 8. These programs allow participants to express their creative side while exploring music, art or movement in a relaxed setting.

DanceWorks from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. (Mom & Me - infant to toddler) and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) are 45 minutes of movement, music and play that encourage self-expression and social-emotional development

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ArtWorks from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday will be customized to the class and may include use of watercolor, tempura and acrylic paint, modeling material, collage, markers, pencils and pastels. Creating art using non-traditional materials may also be explored.

MusicWorks will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. MusicWorks provides attendees an opportunity to participate in an interactive, creative music making group experience.

An Adaptive Music Lessons discounted package is offered for instruction in piano, guitar, drums or clarinet. This special lesson package will provide an intensive hourly session meeting Monday through Thursday. This form of instruction provides individuals the opportunity of "playing" their instrument and experiencing music making before they actually have learned how to play or read music. The structured improvisations take black-and-white note patterns that easily fit into simple chord progressions to make any combination of sounds "work."

All classes will take place at Arts for Healing, 24 Grove St. Art, music and dance movement sessions will be led by AFH therapists. Sessions for adults and private sessions in art, music and dance movement therapy are also available.

Arts for Healing is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated music and art therapy to individuals with emotional, physical, developmental and social needs throughout their lives. To register or for information, call 203-972-2982, email or visit