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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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