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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 […]

“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, […]

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 […]

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 […]