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To read an article that I wrote about the do's and don'ts of music and autism, please click here.

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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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This Music Therapy video answers the questions "What is Music Therapy?" and "How do I Find a Music Therapist?"

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It's Social Media Advocacy Month for Music Therapy!  Check out these great articles and resources below.

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Here are links for "How to Find a Music Therapist?"

Here is a great article about the unique qualifications of Music Therapists.  It is written by Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Director of Government Relations for the American Music Therapy Association. http://smwcmtc.blogspot.com/

Here is an insighjtful article about helping others understand what music therapy is. It is written by Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Certification Board for Music Therapists http://amusictherapyblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/music-therapy-advocacy-2014/

 

 

 

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This Music Therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Practicing "farewells" through song can be a fun and effective way to work on this skill
  • Including "look and say good bye"  is a great way to incorporate eye contact into farewells
  • Using big pauses will help your child know when it is their turn to say or wave good bye
  • For non-verbal children, program a big mac switch or use another Alternative and Augmentative Communication Device (AAC device) to allow them to communicate "good bye."
  • Using a slower, softer song before a transition can help a child relax into the change

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This music therapy video illustrates the following:

  • Creative, unstructured activities can lead to self-expression
  • Following a child's lead and making them feel heard can help lessen any frustration they might be having, and can lead to teachable moments
  • Some children require longer periods to process information and requests, so be sure to give them that time
  • Adam's Camp (http://www.adamscamp.org) is an amazing therapy camp for children with autism and other special needs, and has locations in Winter Park, CO, Nantucket, MA and Girdwood, AK

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