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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Autism, Disabilities, Education, Health, Special Education

Mission: Arts for Healing (AFH) is a not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to providing creative arts therapy services and programs for people with special needs in Fairfield County, Connecticut and its surrounding communities. Through the practice of therapy in music and art, complementary arts programs and outreach programs, we aim to reach the area''s most isolated individuals and their families.

Programs: Arts for Healing offers individual Music and Art Therapy for people with special needs, including those with Autism, Alzheimers, developmental delays, ADHD and other learning disabilities, Down syndrome,seizure disorder, Cerebral Palsy. In additions, we offer a Saturday TheatreWorks program for special needs children ages 6 to 21 and music therapy outreach programs to senior centers, group homes and schools.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was fortunate to work with Karen whose unique blend of exceptional talent, heartfelt compassion and tireless commitment is a rare treasure to find. While the initial goal was to enhance communication and engagement in a relaxed environment, we also recognized the vital role that artistic expression was assuming in the develop of my son's personal growth and a sense of self. Karen is magical in the way in which she nutures the individual and strengthens self-esteem. We sincerely wish that AFH will be able to expand their reach so others may also benefit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Karen works with both my children. They love the program, have flourished in it, and have healthier self-esteems because of it. Wonderful program that enriches the spirit.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I had never heard of this truely amazing program until a friend mentioned it. My child has been involved with Arts For Healing for over a year and loves every minute of it. Programs like this are not visible but need to be. I wish the insurance companies could see the benefits of programs like this. Be it music or art my child can't wait for the next visit. The staff are very kind and helpful and make you feel welcome. Thank you Arts For Healing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with being on the Autism Spectrum a few years ago. Arts for Healing is the best non profit organizaion that I could have ever been introduced to. The staff is extremly helpful and understanding to his needs. His love for music has grown so much since he's been going there. He even asked to join the school band this year. Mr. Gabriel is very helpful and patient. Not only did he teach my son to play the piano, but now he is also interested in playing the drums. All of these hidden talents would not have been exposed without his help. I am grateful to Arts for Healing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been involved with Arts for Healing for four years. He finds support, comfort and acceptance for who he is as a person versus what he can produce or accomplish. Karen Nisenson is truly gifted. She has a talent in bringing out the best in people. I would highly recommend this program

Client Served

Rating: 5

My adult son began taking piano lessons with Karen several years ago. She managed to unlock a hidden potential and believed that this was possible. Arts for Healing continues to be an oasis for him and he looks forward to his weekly sessions with Karen. With each piano session he is encouraged and pushed a little harder and he continues to make progress.

Lori B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter was experiencing bullying at her middle school and Arts for Healing made her feel loved and respected her art work. They made her feel like she was a person again and that she had the right to be in school. I thank them for their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This fantastic group has served my two sons with autism for the past 5-6 years. Their office is always full of kids being helped in different ways -- drama, art, music -- always fun, and always at their level. One son has gone beyond music therapy to learning to play music -- what a gift he's been given, that would never have been possible in traditional music lessons!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program was an exceptional experience for my son Max. He is 6 years old and autistic. The connection with music is huge to him, and it gives him great pleasure to be creative and learn what the different musical instruments sound like. The individuals and therapists that work with Arts for Healing are wonderful without exception. it is fortunate for children like my son Max that such special people exist in the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Graham looks forward every weekend to see Billy and have his music therapy class. Graham is nineteen years and non-verbal and developmentally delayed. This experience has allowed him to express himself through his voice and through his instruments. He loves the one on one interaction and has expectations that are fufilled each week! I can't say enough about the professionalism amongst the whole staff. We look forward to a LONG relationship with this organization...