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This Music Therapy video with a child with Down syndrome shows how you can:

  • Use a cabassa to help a child improve motor skills
  • Use music to increase a child's endurance with challenging physical activities

 

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

  • Tailoring education and therapy to a child's learning style can help them succeed
  • Combining music and movement can be highly engaging and motivating for a child with special needs
  • Create personalized movement songs by putting your own words to a traditional melody such as "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"
  • Once you find a motivating music and movement activity, use it to help a child to learn and communicate
  • Music and movement activities can be used to expand a child's use of language on an Alternative and Augmentative Communication Device
  • You don't need to be a musician to use music to help children with special needs

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Autism and Music Therapy

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The following music therapy video with a child with autism teaches you how to:

  • Use simple percussive instruments to connect and bond with a child
  • Create music with a child with autism to increase eye contact and facial referencing
  • Use motivating instruments to help a child with special needs gain communication skills
  • Adapt traditional melodies so that you can personalize them to your child's or client's needs
  • Create rhythm to further engage a child while singing with him or her

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 generalize 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

     

    To read a transcription of the Music Therapy Video, please click here.

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