For over 35 years, Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy has helped individuals with special needs through music, dance and art therapy in the Greater Philadelphia Area.


Kardon Institute services a community of individuals from birth through older adult with a wide range of special needs.

Services are offered at Kardon’s Headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia, branches of Settlement Music School and other locations throughout the Philadelphia area.

Our programs serve persons with:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Visual and hearing impairments
  • Head trauma
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis
  •  Other emotional and behavioral disabilities

Before starting a program, all clients meet with a Kardon therapist who assesses interests, talents and skills. Observations and recommendations are then discussed with the parent/caretaker/case manager and an individualized program is created.

A client may participate in any combination of Music, Dance/Movement or Art Therapy programs. Individual sessions may be 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Hours vary at each location. Generally, sessions are available Monday through  Saturday.

Financial aid based on annual income is available. We also partner with other social services organizations with whom a potential client may already be involved.

For a list of our partners, click here. For further information on paying for therapy with Kardon, click here.

Please call 215-637-2077 to find a location convenient to you, to receive an application and to schedule an assessment session.