Richly Enhancing Children's Educational Speech Skills
As a board certified music therapist, Tian has worked with a variety of individuals ranging from early childhood through older adults with developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tian also has over 10 years experience working with individuals and groups in a variety of settings such as creative art programs, adult day programs, school districts, and clinics.

Tian Chiang is trained MUSIKGARTEN curriculum, is a unique music & movement program for young children of all abilities and their families. Family members and their children will have fun making music in class and even more fun working on motor, sensory, speech & language, cognitive and social skills through the special musical activities. Tian plays piano, guitar, percussion instruments and autoharp. In therapy sessions, Tian usually utilizes voice, autoharp and some percussion instruments to address the goals & objectives.

Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a well-established, research-driven profession in which a credentialed music therapist utilizes music strategies and exercises within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy is an allied health service much like physical, occupational, speech therapy, using music as the medium to address the goals. The qualified music therapist creates therapeutic music exercises to facilitate functional non-musical outcomes, training and retraining abilities in cognition, speech & language, motor control, academic performance, emotional growth and social skills. There is strong scientific evidence that music is a powerful tool in therapy, engaging and changing the brain and promoting behavioral learning and change.
Music is a powerful and noninvasive medium, and therefore, unique outcome are possible, outcomes that can benefit clients, family members, and the greater community.  

Here is the link to American Music Therapy Association
http://www.musictherapy.org

Certified Drama Therapist and Ph.D in Expressive Art Therapy

Mimi Savage, PhD is head of expressive arts therapies at Recess, Speech and Language Therapy. She is also on faculty at UCLArts and Healing, Social Emotional Arts (SEA) program, a partnership with UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, where she instructs professional development for teachers, clinicians, and artists on the uses of expressive therapy and drama therapy with children and adults. Dr. Savage teaches UCLA medical students, the department of mental health and leads groups for corporate clients. A registered drama therapist facilitating teens with dual diagnoses/addictions at Center for Discovery Treatment Center, she is also a board certified trainer teaching drama therapy as founding director of SoCal Drama Therapy Center. Dr. Savage, an elected board member of the NADTA, publishes research on drama therapy and youth and often presents at conferences.
    She is excited about creating and leading the expressive art therapy curriculum at Recess Speech and Language Therapy with such a dedicated arts team and director. Her focus is on whole child engagement in art making and creative expression that invites a fun and embodied experience. A narrative trained therapist, Dr. Savage believes there is no personal story too great or too small to share through creative expression, which undoubtedly heals the mind, body and spirit.

For info on Expressive Therapy:
From the IEATA: Expressive arts combine visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development.
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), a professional, organization founded in 1994 supports expressive arts therapists, artists, educators, consultants and others using integrative, multimodal arts processes for personal and community growth http://www.ieata.org






Fine Artist/Educator

Tiffany Truong graduated from California State University, Pomona with a BA in Psychology. She is also a Behavior Therapist for children with Autism and related developmental disabilities. She has previously worked as an art teacher for Young Rembrandts and as an art gallery assistant at the Kellogg University Art Gallery. Tiffany's greatest passions are art, counseling, and youth empowerment; she hopes to pursue a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Art Therapy.