Starting Soon !! Zumba Class for those with Special Needs – Issaquah

Life Enrichment Options (LEO) is pleased to be able to offer Zumba classes for those with special needs!
For the kids classes and the parent and kids together class, we will be offering two sessions this fall. We will be taking a break in December but classes will resume in January
Sessions now open for registration are:
Saturdays, October 11th-25th
Saturdays, November 1st-22nd
                   9:15 to 10 am-parent and child  (kids ages 5 through adult with parent)
                 10:15 to 11 am-ages 5 to 13
                 11:15 to noon-ages 14 and up
                 12:15 to 1 pm-ages 14 and up
Classes are limited to 12 participants.  Cost of the 3 week October session is $27 Cost of the 4 week November session will be $41 In either instance, there will be an additional $10 registration fee for your initial session booked.
Classes are held at Northwest Pediatric Therapies, 710 NW Juniper St, Suite 104, Issaquah. For more information or to register,
And we are happy to announce a class for parents and caregivers only  from 7:15-8pm Thursday evenings at the YWCA Family Village in the Issaquah Highlands, 930 NE High St.
We are registering now for the 4-week session, October 9th to October 30th.
Cost is $36 plus the initial registration fee of $10.
Due to scheduling conflicts, we are unable to offer classes in November and December, but look forward to resuming classes in January. For more information or to register, email For more information about LEO, go

Free Reiki Share – Issaquah Library – Meeting Room – This Sunday


This month’s free Reiki share that’s kids and special needs friendly will be held at the Issaquah Library(10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah)in their Meeting Room, on Sunday, October 12th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.R

Hope to see you there.
Mari and Nolan

Music Therapy & Early Childhood – Music Works NW – Open House Tomorrow

Where are we? Our new location is in Bellevue, West of I-405 close to the SE 8th Exit.  We are in the Park 118 Building and we are the closest suite to 118th AVE SE.

Music Works NW
1331 118th Ave SE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005

Come to ​Music Works Northwest Open Houses!

You’re Invited to

Music Works Northwest’s

Open House!

Wednesday, October 1, 5:30-8:30 pm


1331 118th Ave SE in Bellevue 

                                                Bring family and friends for tours, music and treats!    Meet faculty members!    Register for classes!


Celebrate accessible music education at our new home conveniently located off I-405 in Bellevue! 


​Can’t make it to the Open Houses?  That’s okay.  We are always available for questions via email and phone as well.  Check out our Early Childhood, Young Child, and Music Therapy Fall Classes!  Classes begin at various dates in October so now’s the time to enroll:

Upcoming Music Therapy and Early & Young Childhood Music Classes:

Musical Adventurers – Ages 4 – 6 – Mondays, 4:30 – 5:15 PM, Starts Oct. 20 – for children with differing learning styles and abilities, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Music Works Northwest Children’s Choir, Ages 5 – 13 yo, Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Starts Oct. 6, Young and Intermediate Child Music Class

Beginning Group Violin for Kindergarteners – Ages 4-5, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Starts Oct. 7, Young Child Music Class

Kids’ Ukulele – Ages 5 – 8, Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:00 PM, Starts Oct. 8

Bright Start Music for Infants and Early Toddlers – Ages 3 – 18 months, Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Starts Oct. 9, Inclusive Early Childhood Group

My World Music for Toddlers – Ages 18 mos – 3 yo, Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:15 AM, Starts Oct. 9Inclusive Early Childhood Group

My World Music for Preschoolers – Ages 3 – 5 yo, Thursdays, 11:30 – 12:15, Starts Oct. 9Inclusive Early Childhood Group

Ring It Out Bell Choir 1 – Ages 7 – 12, Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:00 PM, Starts Oct. 16, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Ring It Out Bell Choir 2 – Ages 13 and up, Thursdays, 5:00 – 5:45 PM, Starts Oct. 16, Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Social Skills through Music for Girls – Ages 7 – 10, Fridays, 5:00 – 5:30 PM, Starts Oct. 17Inclusive Music Therapy Group

I Love Rock and Roll Music for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs – Ages 13 and up, Saturdays, 10:00 – 10:45 AM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Social Skills through Music – Ages 7 – 10, Saturdays, 11:00 – 11:45 PM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

Sing It Out Choir! Ages 7 and up, Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Starts Oct. 18Inclusive Music Therapy Group

For More Information, go to:

How do I find out more??  Give us a call at 425-941-9016 or email me at for more information about getting involved in your musical adventure.

And we have private sessions for music therapy, adapted music lessons, and a wide variety of instruments. So give us a call to explore how you and your family can enjoy the benefits of music@


​Patti, Kirsten, Mike and Amy

Patti Catalano, MM, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
Music Therapy and Early Childhood Music Program Manager
Music Works NW
1331 118th Ave SE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005

GIFT OF TIME: Spectrum Respite & Recreation October 11, 2014

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy


Spectrum Respite & Recreation strengthens families with teens & tweens with autism by giving the parents or caregivers a much-needed break. A dynamic group of volunteers bring supported recreational programming to youth tweens and teens with autism in a safe and calm environment.

Behavioral health staffs oversee trained volunteers who are closely monitored and supported.
 Gift of Time staff and mentors provide a crucial sense of normalcy to the teens & tweens through shared joy and respect. Pre-registration and admission is required prior to attendance. Please note – we need to get to know your child’s unique likes/dislikes and strength; identify the right volunteer mentor and ensure we have a very good fit prior to placing them with a volunteer.

When: Saturday October 11,2014  11:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA

RSVP & Pre-Registration Contact:
Jess Silvernail

Serving Ages: 11-18 years old

Cost: Free

To learn more please visit Gift Of Time – Spectrum Respite & Recreation. Space is limited; please pre-register your son or daughter today! Registration does not guarantee a place in the program. This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

To register: Download a Gift of Time Spectrum Respite and Recreation Intake Form: Gift of Time Form and e-mail completed application to

Theater of Possibility ~ Upcoming October Classes for Children / Youth with Disabilities


I’d like to share with you some news about a unique project of Theater of Possibility (“TOP”). Started in 2010, TOP is a program for young people to practice relationship skills through acting, improvisation, collaboration and playwriting.   They serve students with autism spectrum, ADHD and other learning differences and disabilities, as well as typically developing peers.  This fall, they are offering both a kid/tween class and a teen/young adult class.  In the latter, youth with and without disabilities will have the opportunity to work together to create an original play with music on the theme of bridging our differences. For more information and registration, or check out their website:

After School Classes:

This fall, we will be offering TOP classes on Thursdays, starting October 9, at University Heights Center in Seattle:

Teens & Young Adults, ages 13-25: 4:15-5:45 PM, cost for fall quarter $375

Kids: ages 8-13, 6-7 PM, cost for fall quarter $300

Fall quarter runs through Dec 18.  The last class, for both groups, will go 4-8 PM for a potluck and friends & family showcase.  Classes will resume January – May.

Bridging our Differences: Creation of Original Play with Music

Based on student interest from past years, we’re aiming big this year!  We’re seeking creative, dedicated teens and young adults, with and without disabilities, to develop an original play with music, to be presented in May, 2015.  Participants should register for the fall teen class and plan to stay on through winter and spring.

In creating this work, we’ll be exploring how we can build understanding and bridge differences between people with and without disabilities. This is for caring youth who would like to be part of the process of building a more tolerant and understanding world through theater! This program is not only for youth with Asperger’s, autism, ADHD and other disabilities or learning differences, but also their siblings, friends, classmates and others interested in being natural helpers. We’ll be celebrating each person’s unique perspective and gifts.

Workshops, Training, Conferences and Special Events:

By special arrangement, the TOP troupe can be available for educational conference or trainings.  Last March, experienced members of the teen/young adult troupe gave a two hour demonstration and interactive performance on the theme of inclusion for the American Alliance for Theater and Education conference at SPU.  The mini play, created by the youth, was about what can go wrong in classroom when teachers don’t understand autism.  After a jaw-dropping performance, the teachers in the audience had the chance to enter the scene and role play alternatives with the troupe.  Contact me to inquire about booking a custom-tailored event for your school or community.