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Philip Carroll – Bendigo...

Philip Carroll – Bendigo Special Developmental School

Jodie Field began music sessions at the Bendigo Special Developmental School following a recommendation of a staff member who had taken her child to a birthday party where Jodie’s hey dee ho music was a feature of the party. The Bendigo Special Developmental School is a Special School which caters for students aged from 5 to 18, who have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. Jodie initially began working with 18 wheelchair bound students of all ages.

The impact that Jodie has on our students is nothing short of amazing. Jodie’s music sessions caters for students of all ages and a variety of disabilities. Jodie prepares her sessions taking into account the different learning styles of the students. Sessions are based on a particular theme each week, with adapted resources hand made by Jodie, which allow our students to participate to the best of their ability. In preparation for the weekly session, Jodie learns the relevant Auslan signs, which typifies the level of professionalism and commitment to our students that Jodie displays.

Jodie currently works with all students within the school and runs a variety of music programs, from working with the choir years section, to running sensory based programs for particular students as well as her initial program caters for the individual needs of our students. The passion that Jodie has for music and for our students participation in music is the underlying reason for the immense pleasure that hey dee ho music delivers to the student’s of the Bendigo Special Developmental School.

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