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The Art of Choosing: Using music therapeutically to facilitate decision-making in the pediatric medical setting

While music activities such as listening, singing, dancing, or playing instruments are often utilized by music therapists to target specific behaviors, applying music therapeutically can go beyond these traditional forms to facilitate the developmentally-appropriate right to decide. This right is often quite limited for a child or adolescent who is hospitalized. However, this right is […]

Enhancing Motor Rehabilitation Through Complementarity: Impact of Music and Physical Therapy Co-Treatment

Recently, I provided an in-service for the physical, occupational, and speech therapists that I work with at the children’s hospital, titled, “Complementarity with Medical Music Therapy.” I explained that music therapists utilize evidence-based music interventions to reach a patient’s specific goals. The specific properties of music such as rhythm, tempo, dynamics, melody, and harmony can […]

Modified “Guess that Song:” Activity-Oriented Therapy to Improve Mental Health

The target population for this intervention are adolescents who are experiencing depression. The objective is to draw the adolescent’s attention to positive memories and the pleasant social interaction of the moment. In doing so, attention is pulled away from negative thoughts. Negative thoughts lose their strength (i.e., their grip on the patient’s mind and emotions) […]

Trusting Your Ears: Improving Auditory Skills and Building Confidence in Children with Cochlear Implants

Young children with cochlear implants are in the process of not only learning how to hear, but also of trusting what they hear. Therefore, even if a child hears and understands your verbal direction, he or she might just respond by staring at you, due to issues with confidence. Engaging visually is much easier, safer, […]

“Does music therapy work for children with autism?”: Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and More.

The majority of children I treat as a music therapist have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children diagnosed with ASD often require additional therapeutic support to strengthen their communication, motor coordination, cognition, academic, and social-emotional skills. People often ask me, “does music therapy work for children with autism?” To which I explain that music therapy is […]

Premature Infants and Music Therapy: Soft and Slow Makes the Baby Grow

The topic of music therapy with premature infants in social circles sometimes brings about the response, “Oh, how nice” as if it were a sweet entertainment idea. Among medical professionals, sometimes the response is “that’s completely inappropriate,” as if music therapists were unaware of the vulnerabilities of premature infants. That’s when I explain that NICU […]

“Words with My Friend:” Original Song to Improve Communication Skills

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Goal: To improve communication skills. Objectives: The child will verbalize a social greeting (e.g., “hi” or “bye”) The child will demonstrate nonverbal communication by nodding for “yes” and shaking head for “no.” The child will demonstrate expressive communication by verbalizing “go.” The child will demonstrate receptive communication by stopping when prompted. LYRICS: V1: When I […]

“Will My Child Succeed in Music Therapy?”: Celebrating Success by Measuring Growth

Everything goes back to the way we define “success.” As a parent, what does “success” for your child mean to you? Each child is unique. Each child is walking, rolling, staring, smiling, or singing their way throughout his or her own individual journey. Since each child faces his or her own path, success cannot be […]

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 […]