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“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]