How You Can Use Music and Humor to Motivate a Child with Special Needs

Updated: Oct 13


This music therapy video with a child with Down syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Children with Down syndrome and other special needs are motivated by humor!

  • You can use dramatic, funny reactions to inspire a child to learn, develop and practice skills.

  • Academic goals, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication skills, etc. can all be learned through humorous activities.

  • Use a funny, frustrated reaction to make a child laugh.

  • Act very surprised or confused in response to a desired action that a child performs.

  • If you can tap into what makes a child laugh, you have struck gold!

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