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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Combining music with the use of an articulation app such as "Speech Therapy for Apraxia" can be a great way to help a child learn and practice speech
  • Use a traditional melody such as "Brother John" and change the words so that you are getting lots of repetition without the monotony
  • Use visual phonetics to visually illustrate speech sounds
  • Remember to use big, dramatic pauses in your singing in order to prompt your child to respond

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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Using a rhythmic hand clapping pattern like "Patty Cake," can be a great way to bond with children with autism and other special needs
  • By incorporating dramatic pauses into the song, you can address developmental goals such as expressive language
  • You can also address range of motion, crossing mid-line and shoulder stability goals through this activity
  • Many children with autism crave deep pressure and proprioceptive feedback and this technique fulfills this need
  • This activity can be used to redirect and engage a child with special needs

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This music therapy video illustrates the following:

  • By adding music to social stories, you can make them more engaging for children with special needs
  • You can also chant a non-musical social story to give it a strong rhythmic feel that will make the story more engaging
  • May is Williams syndrome awareness month and to learn more, go to www.wschanginglives.org
  • You can build social stories with pictures, video, audio and text by using the free app called Story Creator by Alligator Apps

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

  • A cabassa is an excellent instrument for providing tactile stimulation to children with sensory diets 
  • Here is a link for the cabassa I use in the clip http://amzn.to/17eLlBJ
  • The Mulberry Bush melody is great for putting your own words to, so that you can personalize songs and encourage a child through music
  • Using a slap-clap pattern can make the songs you sing to your child more engaging
  • Use the motivational power of music and instrument play to encourage children with special needs to communicate
  • Reflecting the movements or energy of a child with special needs through music is a great way to connect with them and let them know that they are being heard

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  • This video pulls together many short clips from my blog to show the benefits of music therapy for children with special needs
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  • Music Therapy motivates communication
  • Music Therapy makes the body move
  • Music Therapy inspires joy and laughter
  • Music Therapy empowers
  • Music Therapy helps address speech goals and academic concepts
  • Music Therapy rewards communication
  • Music Therapy redirects and engages
  • Music Therapy inspires and leads to social connection
  • Music Therapy honors and enlivens a child's spirit
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