FAR Clients

FAR’s clients come from throughout the wider community, reflecting its diversity in ethnicity, faith, and age.   Along with their families and caregivers, these clients make FAR a safe place where differences are valued and even small achievements are celebrated.  Please take a moment to meet some of the people who make FAR the caring community it is.

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Laura

Private Music Therapy
Thanks to FAR’s private music therapy sessions and inclusion in musical theater, Laura had the courage to enter her school talent auditions and rocked a packed house alongside her more typically developing peers.
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Sarah

Private Music Therapy
Sarah was excluded from her school’s choir in the state choral competition because she could not read music. When her mom shared this with FAR, her therapist helped Sarah unlock her ability to learn to read music. As a result, Sarah was able to represent her school in the state’s competition.
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Truskowski Family

Inclusion Group Therapy
FAR has designed programs that allow family members to be included in therapy. This inclusion provides great emotional support for the person with special needs and helps the whole family understand and enjoy them more. According to mom Julie, READ MORE ...
“Being engaged in Seb’s growth process brings our whole family pride, joy and reason to celebrate. When Seb was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at 3, we were sad and worn out with worry. That all changed the day we walked into FAR.”
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Tamar

Private Music Therapy
Thanks to FAR, Tamar discovered that he communicates best through music—and he is passionate about it. This discovery has helped him find fulfillment at home, through work and in virtually every aspect of his life.
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Leo

Private Music Therapy
Leo, was only 7 years old when he first stepped on the stage at The Seligman Performing Arts Center. His first performance required the whole
audience’s support.
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Prior to Leo’s performance, the audience was asked to not applaud as Leo who has autism is highly sensitive to “noise”. Instead they were asked to give a thumbs up sign. Now, thanks to FAR, seven years later Leo performs beautifully and delights in the applause, cheers, whistles, and yells of encouragement from his fans.
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Anthony

FAR Flyers Hockey Team Member
One of the most heartbreaking things people with special needs experience is isolation. Some just lack confidence due to their special needs, and sometimes they READ MORE ...
may be shunned or teased by people who are not familiar or comfortable with them. FAR helps eliminate this isolation. Anthony started skating with FAR at age 7 and is now a member of the FAR Flyers hockey team. Today his mother Colleen says, “Anthony’s best friends are from the hockey team and thanks to FAR Anthony loves being part of a team.”
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Emanuel and Kiera

Scholarships
“I was so excited to hear about FAR because I thought my children would never be able to receive this type of help and support.” — Emmanuel and Kiera’s mother, LaDre Caring for her two autistic children, Emmanuel, age three and Kiera, age five, as well as her aging mother, makes working full time impossible for Southwest Detroit READ MORE ...
resident LaDre. So money is tight and quality treatments for her children are financially out of reach. That’s why she was so excited to discover that scholarships were available for her children to participate in FAR music therapy at Orchestra Hall.
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Jennifer

Theater
When Jennifer was born, doctors advised her parents that she would not live. As a toddler, they said she would never walk. As a child, they said she would have learning difficulties. At age eight, Jennifer began drama therapy at FAR and later received her high school diploma and attended college. Jennifer then began acting
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professionally in TV shows and commercials and will make her film debut next spring in Disney’s Magic Camp. Today, she continues dramatic art therapy at FAR—now focusing on her passion for puppets to advance both her career and fulfill her potential in all aspects of her life. “FAR opens more doors than any other place we have seen, including providing financial help. Without that, I am not sure how we could give Jennifer this opportunity. I guess it would mean something else would have to go.” — Jennifer’s mother, Carolyn
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Michele

Private Art Therapy
People with special needs have the same kinds of dreams and aspirations anyone has. What they often don’t have is a safe place where they can reach for those dreams. FAR provides that place. “Thanks to FAR, Michele’s artistic ability and confidence have both grown,” says her mother, Linda. “She just loves FAR.”