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Preparing to Parent: What You Should Know about Songs for Soothing Babies

Imagine. You’re sleeping deeply. It’s the middle of the night. Suddenly, you hear a soft cry. The cry is soft but persistent. You get out of bed, walk over to the crib, and pick up your baby. The crying stops for a moment and then continues. Knowing that your baby’s bodily needs have been met, […]

2 Simple Christmas-Themed Activities for Verbalization and Relaxation

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Here are 2 Christmas-themed activities I facilitated this week that may be appropriate for those you work with:  “Mi Burrito…:” Verbalization The famous little Cuban Christmas song, “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” comes to you today with a new twist. While the song originally describes journeying to the town of Bethlehem (or Belén), the song can also […]

“Why won’t he participate?”: The 3 Little Keys to Motivating Therapeutic Participation

In my experience, simply “being difficult” is rarely the case for a child refusing to participate. Children need a combination of modification, encouragement, and trust to participate. Here’s what you can do to motivate therapeutic participation: Modify. If a child is demonstrating an excessive amount of difficulty accomplishing a task, make the task easier (i.e., […]

3 Ways to Musically Stimulate Your Toddler’s Speech

To learn to talk, your toddler needs to hear you talking. More specifically, your little one needs to hear you talk in three ways: about her, for her, and with her. For example, when you talk about her you are narrating what she is doing (e.g., “You are opening the door. Open!”). When you talk […]

Simple Yet Under-Utilized Tricks for Successful Group Music-Making

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When people participate in a 45-minute music therapy group, the goal is not for them to become professional musicians within the time allotted. The goals in music therapy are non-musical (e.g., increasing relaxation, etc…), and the music is used as a tool to achieve the non-musical goal. Remember, music is the pathway to the goal, […]

The Best Instrument for Your Toddler Is…..

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How many instruments do you play?” After I give them the usual list, they typically follow with: “What’s your favorite instrument?” Well, the answer to that question depends on the situation. My favorite instrument while I am writing music, during jam sessions, when I want […]