Hamilton Hill: musical visits give woman with autism the opportunity to shine

Proudly Productive Team Member Tayla Busher (middle) playing the guitar and singing with Proudly Productive work coach, Shelby Armstrong (right) and Bethanie Illawong resident  Karen Nicholson (left).
Proudly Productive Team Member Tayla Busher (middle) playing the guitar and singing with Proudly Productive work coach, Shelby Armstrong (right) and Bethanie Illawong resident Karen Nicholson (left).

REGULAR musical visits to Bethanie Illawong is not only entertaining the centre’s resident seniors, it’s giving a local woman with autism the opportunity to shine.

Once a fortnight Tayla Busher brings her guitar to the Hamilton Hill aged care centre to perform for residents as part of a Proudly Productive program, which encourages young people with special needs to gain new skills in a work-like setting.

Ms Busher’s carer and Proudly Productive director Colleen Armstrong, whose mother Karen lives at the centre, set up the visits as a way for the young woman to express herself to an audience.

“Tayla loves coming and singing for everybody, it builds her confidence too,” she said.

Bethanie Illawong facility manager Barbara Walton said it was a great intergenerational visit that the residents really enjoyed.

“As part of Bethanie’s mission to change the way Australians experience ageing in a positive way, having Tayla perform for the residents gives them joy and happiness,” she said.

“They look forward to it every time she comes to perform.”