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Music Motivates a Child with Special Needs to Communicate

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

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This Music Therapy video with a child with Angelman syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Using pictures of favorite songs and instruments can motivate a child with special needs to communicate

  • PECS is a progressive system and can be very effective when done right

  • Using musical instruments such as the cabassa can motivate a child to develop gross motor skills such as crossing mid-line

  • Using dramatic pauses during musical activities is a great way to prompt a child to respond

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