Caroline Beson, LPMT, MT-BC Small Steps Music Therapist
I did not realize that we would be welcomed so very kindly."
When I joined Small Steps Music in 2015, I was so delighted to discover that Natalie Generally seemed to have a connection with so many community members. I was brand new to this area, and wanted to find ways to “plug in.” Natalie would tell me about present and past contacts in the school systems, clients that had been referred by a friend or family member, and when we went somewhere together, there was always someone there who knew her well and would greet her (and me!) with a big smile and a hug.
So when Natalie invited me to Peachtree City Seventh Day Adventist Health Fair, I was very excited. I knew that I would have a chance to meet other healthcare providers, munch some salad from a salad bar, and give blood alongside other members of my community that cared about health. I did not realize that we would be welcomed so very kindly.
We met a few exhibitors that remembered speaking with Natalie the year before at the same event. We met a Licensed Professional Counselor who related to us that she had seen this story about a music therapist coordinating with a popular music artist to help a patient meet rehab goals. We met a Speech Therapist and a Physical Therapist who empathized when we said that we serve seven counties. We met a Certified Life Care Planner who helps families affected by disabilities get the numbers that they need to project costs over time. We saw Raissa Chandler, Founder of Southside Support, who showed us a new, easier-to-navigate resource list for parents of children with special needs.
We came home with quite a few new handouts that may be helpful for us or the clients we serve. I know that the handouts and flyers that we went out went into good hands. Our community has been good to us so far, and we will continue to nurture the ties that bond us. After all, we are all in this together.
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