Project Updates: Building Connections, Ending the Silence, Sensory Junction, Music Therapy for the Elderly and Community Assistance

BUILDING CONNECTIONS

Building Connections is focused on improving the relationship between caregiver and child by developing positive and supportive communications and modifying behavior patterns through teaching effective discipline and child management skills. The Junior League of El Paso, Inc. is working with the El Paso Child Guidance Center and young children, ages 2-7 years, who experience emotional and behavioral problems (e.g. temper tantrums, hitting, kicking, not following directions) stemming from exposure to traumatic events such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

 

ENDING THE SILENCE

The Ending the Silence committee has been hard at work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness bringing this nationally accredited program to high school students here in El Paso.  The committee has partnered with El Paso ISD, Ysleta ISD, Socorro ISD and Canutillo ISD so that high school students in each district will receive the materials and vital information from this program: Ending the Silence about mental health, fighting the stigmas associated with mental health diagnosis and providing resources to local students.  The fun-filled assembly-styled presentation includes a giant inflatable brain, interactive community wall and a heartfelt presentation not easily forgotten. In this inaugural year, The Junior League of El Paso has completed the program at 2 schools and will do the remaining 3 schools prior to the end of the school year, with an expected total audience of nearly 5,000 local high school students. Of particular acclaim, the El Paso Junior League version of Ending the Silence is the first in the nation to go beyond small classrooms and integrate a full assembly with multiple interactive components while reaching hundreds of students in one sitting,

 

SENSORY JUNCTION

Sensory Junction has been working together with Dr. Fonseca and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to raise awareness about Autism in the community.

The committee has met with Dr. Fonseca at her clinic and have designed a list of important literature needed to provide information to parents of children who are just diagnosed. The committee is currently working on ordering as many copies of that list as possible for her. With these, she is able to educate parents and children who have no idea what Autism is or how to deal with it. The members of the committee are also working with an occupational therapist to construct calm boxes, which will be filled with sensory objects, also given to them when diagnosed. Just recently the committee, together with TED, held an informative training for the Junior League of El Paso. Michelle Lopez of the Paso Del Norte’s Children Development Center taught us about Autism and what signs to look for. It was a very interesting and successful event!

 

MUSIC THERAPY FOR THE ELDERLY 

The members of Music Therapy for the Elderly continue to enrich the lives of older adults at nursing homes and adult day care centers by providing therapeutic musical performances that foster social contact, improve cognitive ability and nurture memory skills through music reminiscent of their youth. This is the Junior League of El Paso’s longest running Community Project and has been touching the lives of El Pasoans for the past 28 years!

 

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE        

The Junior League of El Paso will be announcing Community Assistance grants in March 2019.