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

The majority of children I see for music therapy have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Because of the diagnosis, children with ASD may require additional therapeutic support to strengthen their communication, coordination, cognition, and social-emotional skills. People often ask me, “does music therapy actually work for children with autism?” To which I explain that music therapy […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]