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How to Write Language Development Songs for Children with Special Needs


This music therapy video with a child with autism illustrates the following:

  • Non-musicians can custom write songs for their child or client with special needs by taking a familiar song and changing the lyrics

  • The following melodies work great!

  • 1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

  • 2. The Wheels on the Bus

  • 3. Old McDonald

  • 4. Row Row Row Your Boat

  • 5. Brother John

  • Immediately ge


neralize the target word or phrase in the song to a real life situation

  • Use puppets to role model the word or phrase

  • Use big dramatic pauses and an anticipatory breath to cue your child to fill in the word or phrase


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