Parents already know that their children respond well to music. What they may not know is that music therapists are using music to help special needs children learn. I recently gave a presentation on music therapy to a room full of parents of special needs children including Down Syndrome and Developmental Delays. One of the..
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..
Music Therapy can make all the difference in Autism treatment. One of the simplest ways to support a child before, during, and after transitions is with a song. A music therapist can help you learn how to do it! Transitions can be especially difficult for many children with special needs. I’ve worked with many children..
At Harmony Music Therapy we work with many special needs children. With all of them, our philosophy is that “Every child has the potential to Grow”. I firmly believe that philosophy and hold to it with every client I see. I recently had a conversation with a client’s mother about her daughter’s progress in music therapy..
SpyHop Productions beautifully documents how music therapy is used in Autism treatment. Just two years ago, SpyHop Productions put together a documentary about music therapy in Autism treatment. As luck would have it, my friend and fellow music therapist Amanda Maestro Scherer and I were featured in the film! It was SUCH a privilege to..
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 can be an effective way to help special needs children develop play skills. It takes musical instruments, helpful techniques, and a little patience. In my days I have worked with many special needs children who just LOVE to throw things. Give them a toy and they throw it for the sheer thrill of..
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..