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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 […]

“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 […]