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Using Puppets and Music to Help a Child with Williams syndrome

Hey, everyone. Welcome back to The Rhythm Tree. I’m excited to be posting videos in the month of January because the American Music Therapy Association has teamed up with the Certification Board of Music Therapists and made January Social Media Advocacy Month. So, I will be posting many of these videos via social media.

The topic today: hand puppets and how they can help your client reach therapeutic goals. This video clip is with my client with Williams Syndrome and he’s really struggling with using prepositions correctly. Sometimes, he gets a little frustrated. So, what I do is bring in a hand puppet and then I put the pressure on the hand puppet and I make the hand puppet answer all sorts of questions and do certain things that are challenging. This does two things. First of all, it takes the pressure off my client. Secondly, I can use the hand puppet to have my client teach the puppet what the correct responses are. As you all know, one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. So, it’s really accomplishing two things there. Then, of course, the music gets lots of repetition with the use of prepositions. You know, we say ‘under’ eight times in a row but it’s not monotonous because it’s wrapped up in the music and lyrics. So, it’s a great way to get that repetition.

I’ll definitely give you some resources for some of these hand puppets – where I got these guys and fancier ones like my friend Lizzy here. If you don’t have much space, you can get cute, little animal ones. These are perfect for ‘Old McDonald had a Farm’ and stuff. And, if you’re really limited on space, the ol’ finger puppet. So, I’ll give you those links for that.

I hope you enjoy this video and I really encourage you to use puppets, take the pressure off of the client, have them teach a puppet the correct responses.

Have fun, use music and I hope you have a successful month and a successful New Year.

Thank you.

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