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Hello Songs for Children with Special Needs

 

Hey everyone welcome back to The Rhythm Tree, my name is Ryan Judd, I'm a board certified music therapist, here to give you some more great ideas and resources for using music to help children with special needs.

So the topic of conversation today is greetings. It's the foundation of social skills and interaction and I feel like learning greetings and practicing greetings through music is a wonderful way to do it. So, what I did is I took a familiar melody, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and I changed the words for you all, and here is what I came up with:

Hello, hello, hello my friends

It's time to sing

And play again

We're going to look

And say hi

We're going to look

And give a high five

Hello, hello, hello my friends

It's time to sing

And play again

Alright, so I'm having a little fun with the guitar today, but hey if you're not a guitarist, if you're not a musician, no big deal. You can spice it up with a slap clap pattern,

Hello, Hello, hello my friends

It's time to sing

And play again

Really livens it up, gives it that rhythmic element. If you're working with a group you definitely want to be able to give dramatic pauses and use a child's name in there to prompt them that hey it's your turn to practice your greeting. So

Jenny's going to look and say

So use that big pause in the music stopping the slap clap pattern is a really cool prompt for them to fill in the appropriate greeting.

If you are working with kids who are a little bit older, maybe middle school or high school, here's the same, pretty much the same melody, same chord progressions this is more for you guitarists out there, but with power cords and a cool little palm [00:02:13] back here. So, check it out:

Hello, hello, hello my friends

It's time for music

Music again

We're going to give our friends a high-five

We're going to give our friends a high-five

Hello, hello, hello my friends

It's time for music

Music again

Alright, rocking it out a little bit there, having some fun. So that's another great way to use this song.

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