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Overcoming the Power Struggle: Parent-Child Bonding Through Music

The importance of playing with our kids cannot be overstated. Play is the foundation of connection for a child, and the more connected a child feels the less often power struggles arise. But it can be difficult for parents to take time to do play because we think differently from our children so much of..

How Music Therapy Helped a Girl Who Was Deaf Blind with Down Syndrome

Avery was a spirited, curious, delightful ball of energy. She loved to explore the world around her and feel things with her hands–at least for a split second before throwing an object across the room to give it the thrill of flight. Avery was blind, deaf, and had Down syndrome and Autism. Despite her physical and..

Outcomes, Benefits and Drawbacks of Music Therapy with Special Needs Children

Music therapy is a motivating and refreshing way to special needs children make much needed progress. Here’s a bit on the outcomes, benefits, and drawbacks of music therapy. Common Outcomes of Music Therapy Music reaches SO many different areas of functioning and development for special needs children. When working with children with Autism, Down syndrome, learning..

(Video) Requesting "More": How a song can help your child communicate

Many children with communication delays have difficulty making their wants and needs known. Music is an effective and memorable way for children to learn how to make requests. In this video, Cassie demonstrates how implementing a pause or a break during a song can help encourage your child to communicate their wants and needs by..

How Rhythm Helped a Boy Go From Saying 1 to 6 Words At a Time

Tommy was one of the most friendly, talkative, and animated students I’d ever worked with–an absolute delight! I thought he would made a great Captain Hook for our school musical, but I was surprised when I discovered his unique challenge. School musicals at Jordan Valley were quite the production. We were made up of 150..

Two Barriers to Music Therapy in Special Education

Music therapy is grossly underutilized in special education settings across the country, but most especially in Utah. Here’s why. Even though students show significant progress with music therapy as a related service, only a handful of Utah schools currently utilize the power of music therapy. School-Based programs who currently incorporate music therapy include: Center based..

What Early Intervention Programs Are Saying About Music Therapy

We LOVE working with Early Intervention programs in Utah. The kids progress, the programs get awesome feedback from parents, and it is a cost effective way to serve children with IFSP’s.   We have worked with several Early Intervention programs throughout the state of Utah, and continue to receive positive feedback from these programs on..

What Can Music Therapy Do? (Autism Edition)

What can music therapy do for kids with Autism? With a focus on emotional regulation, social skills, language development, and cognitive development, we discover new strengths and help them do things they may not have done before. It’s pretty amazing. Here are just a few of the responses we see when we use music therapy..

6 Signs that Music Therapy Is (or Is Not) Right for Your Child

You’ve heard rumblings about it. You’ve researched what it is. And now you’re wondering if music therapy is really the right thing for YOUR child with special needs. So here’s a little self assessment to help you decide what to do next.   Music Therapy IS a good fit if: You want to discover your child’s strengths (not..

Music Therapy in Early Intervention: Case Study with a 2 Year old Boy with Seizures

In music therapy we were able to celebrate and maximize what this boy COULD do rather than focus on his disabilities. During music therapy he connected with his peers and showcased more of his true self. The director of an early intervention program approached me about adding an additional student to our music therapy group. The..

What is music therapy and how does it work?

What is music therapy and how does it work? Good question. Here’s a simple answer. This is a somewhat difficult question to answer because music therapy can look very different based on who you’re helping. But for our purposes here, I will answer it based on our work here at Harmony Music Therapy, which focuses..

The Power of Collaboration: Speech and Music Therapy

Power comes with collaboration. Speech and Music Therapy fit together beautifully! Here’s how. Speech therapy is a well known and typically well understood approach to help children with special needs develop language. Music therapy, however, is less well known, but incredibly effective in promoting language development. So it is only natural that two therapists would..

3 Ways Music Therapy Helps Autism

Can music therapy help Autism? The answer is a resounding YES! When somebody asks me how music therapy helps someone with Autism I like to break it down to highlight the most common needs for someone who has Autism, which are: Sensory processing Social Skills Communication So how does music therapy help with these areas?..

Getting the Words Out: Using Music to Develop Speech

Does your child struggle to get words out? Do they know what they want to say but can’t form the words? Perhaps this will help. Kids develop speech in a fairly predictable manner, with certain milestones being considered “typical” at certain ages. For example, most babies at 7-9 months may produce more varied sounds such..

Following Directions: How Music Can Help Your Child Hear & Understand

For kids who have a hard time hearing and responding when you give them directions, adding a little music or rhythm can help increase the likelihood that they will hear and understand. It’s important to think of the process of kids “following directions” as involving at least two components. The child hears and understands the..

Overcoming the Power Struggle: Parent-Child Bonding Through Music

The importance of playing with our kids cannot be overstated. Play is the foundation of connection for a child, and the more connected a child feels the less often power struggles arise. But it can be difficult for parents to take time to do play because we think differently from our children so much of..

How Music Therapy Helped a Girl Who Was Deaf Blind with Down Syndrome

Avery was a spirited, curious, delightful ball of energy. She loved to explore the world around her and feel things with her hands–at least for a split second before throwing an object across the room to give it the thrill of flight. Avery was blind, deaf, and had Down syndrome and Autism. Despite her physical and..

Outcomes, Benefits and Drawbacks of Music Therapy with Special Needs Children

Music therapy is a motivating and refreshing way to special needs children make much needed progress. Here’s a bit on the outcomes, benefits, and drawbacks of music therapy. Common Outcomes of Music Therapy Music reaches SO many different areas of functioning and development for special needs children. When working with children with Autism, Down syndrome, learning..

(Video) Requesting "More": How a song can help your child communicate

Many children with communication delays have difficulty making their wants and needs known. Music is an effective and memorable way for children to learn how to make requests. In this video, Cassie demonstrates how implementing a pause or a break during a song can help encourage your child to communicate their wants and needs by..

How Rhythm Helped a Boy Go From Saying 1 to 6 Words At a Time

Tommy was one of the most friendly, talkative, and animated students I’d ever worked with–an absolute delight! I thought he would made a great Captain Hook for our school musical, but I was surprised when I discovered his unique challenge. School musicals at Jordan Valley were quite the production. We were made up of 150..

Two Barriers to Music Therapy in Special Education

Music therapy is grossly underutilized in special education settings across the country, but most especially in Utah. Here’s why. Even though students show significant progress with music therapy as a related service, only a handful of Utah schools currently utilize the power of music therapy. School-Based programs who currently incorporate music therapy include: Center based..

What Early Intervention Programs Are Saying About Music Therapy

We LOVE working with Early Intervention programs in Utah. The kids progress, the programs get awesome feedback from parents, and it is a cost effective way to serve children with IFSP’s.   We have worked with several Early Intervention programs throughout the state of Utah, and continue to receive positive feedback from these programs on..

What Can Music Therapy Do? (Autism Edition)

What can music therapy do for kids with Autism? With a focus on emotional regulation, social skills, language development, and cognitive development, we discover new strengths and help them do things they may not have done before. It’s pretty amazing. Here are just a few of the responses we see when we use music therapy..

6 Signs that Music Therapy Is (or Is Not) Right for Your Child

You’ve heard rumblings about it. You’ve researched what it is. And now you’re wondering if music therapy is really the right thing for YOUR child with special needs. So here’s a little self assessment to help you decide what to do next.   Music Therapy IS a good fit if: You want to discover your child’s strengths (not..

Music Therapy in Early Intervention: Case Study with a 2 Year old Boy with Seizures

In music therapy we were able to celebrate and maximize what this boy COULD do rather than focus on his disabilities. During music therapy he connected with his peers and showcased more of his true self. The director of an early intervention program approached me about adding an additional student to our music therapy group. The..

What is music therapy and how does it work?

What is music therapy and how does it work? Good question. Here’s a simple answer. This is a somewhat difficult question to answer because music therapy can look very different based on who you’re helping. But for our purposes here, I will answer it based on our work here at Harmony Music Therapy, which focuses..

The Power of Collaboration: Speech and Music Therapy

Power comes with collaboration. Speech and Music Therapy fit together beautifully! Here’s how. Speech therapy is a well known and typically well understood approach to help children with special needs develop language. Music therapy, however, is less well known, but incredibly effective in promoting language development. So it is only natural that two therapists would..