Music therapy is a powerful teaching tool in special education. Elizabeth Academy Montessori has developed an inclusive program for a variety of students. This 2014-2015 school year I started working two days at a week at a private Montessori School in Salt Lake called The Elizabeth Academy. It is a state of the art..
Special needs children can be especially hard on themselves if concepts don’t come easily. In music therapy we stress that it’s okay for something to be hard, and it’s important to keep trying. I had a song come to me as I was doing my hair today. That’s a rare thing for me since I..
Nursery rhymes are a powerful tool in promoting early childhood development. Naturally, they fit into music therapy interventions to make learning fun and effective. I have to admit that before I had my own kids I didn’t fully realize the benefit of nursery rhymes in early childhood. I used to think they were too short..
Music therapy helps children develop skills on both a conscious and subconscious level. It can quite literally help the body and mind complete tasks that were previously quite difficult. Find out how! When people ask about what music therapy is and how it can help their child, I like to start by explaining the domains..
Special Education becomes much more difficult when a student struggles to follow directions. Learning to balance free exploration with intentional directives can make all the difference. I find that in my work in special education it can be easy to get caught up in wanting to accomplish something “amazing” and to stick only to my..
Social skills are often a key element of Autism treatment, and music therapy is a powerful way to develop them. As a music therapist my Autism treatment goals fall under the standard domains of cognition, social skills, motor development, emotional regulation, and/or communication. Among these domains, social skills has always been a point of fascination..
A fun and engaging song to use in early childhood settings! This is one of my absolute favorite finger play songs to use in early childhood (it’s tied with the Monkey and Alligator game:), and kids absolutely love it! I first found it on songsforteaching.com as recorded by Jim Rule (find the recording here) and I..
Anyone providing Autism treatment must be aware of sensory processing that occurs beyond the five basic senses. Learning about the proprioceptive and vestibular senses makes all the difference! We all grow up learning about the 5 senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound. I remember seeing fun little diagrams with pictures of a hand with..
I like to start out my children’s groups with movement songs (after the hello song) in order to help my clients get out some energy, connect with each other, and jump right in to working on their goals. I’ve included my top ten favorites below. A lot of the goals I work on with these..
Communication is a common need for special education students. Here is one example of how a music therapist can help! I wrote this Thank You Song several years ago to address one of my student’s signing goals in special education. Since then it has become a favorite and is a great way to teach the concept of saying thank..