Its a Special Needs medium School in Cape Town, South Africa. The School was established by the Society for Autistic Children (now Autism Western Cape), but now falls under the administration of the Western Cape Department of Education. Autism is a lifelong, neurological and developmental disability which affects patterns of development, NOT the ability to learn. Autism affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and socially interact with others. On entering the School, noise abounds, footsteps echo off high ceilings and stairwells; pots and pans clang and clatter in the kitchen; raised voices reverberate greetings and admonitions, songs and laughter, tears and tantrums. Among the 65 days students, who are predominantly boys between the ages of 5 and 18, most (85%) come from disadvantaged homes. What all have in common is autism. The spectrum is pretty wide. Some can read and count; others do not speak. Some have a ‘high functioning’ label, while others need help with basics, even the toilet. The School regularly hosts community outreach programmes where they offer support, counselling and education regarding Autism to increase awareness and community support.

Music Therapy Students will work with children both on an individual basis and a group one, this therapy is especially aimed at increasing communication areas. It can also improve peer interaction and can be used in conjunction with the psychology and occupational therapy sessions as well as standard educational classes. Your internship with the Alpha School will be both a very, fulfilling, rewarding and challenging experience and equip you with new skills in your field and be an eye opening experience.