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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

     

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    This video interview gives a parent's perspective on how music therapy has affected the life of her daughter with special needs

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    This music therapy video with a child with special needs illustrates the following:

    • The motivational power of music can be used to help a child with special needs learn and use communication skills such as the PECS system http://www.pecs.com/
    • Home made instruments can be made and adapted to address specific therapeutic goals such as bilateral coordination and using arms while in a neutral position
    • I include a bonus chapter on my DVD that demonstrates how to make three home made instruments and use them in fun and therapeutic ways with children with special needs http://www.therhythmtree.com/store
    • Using a slap clap pattern while engaging a child in music can energize the music and lead to more of a connection with that child
    • Following your client's or child's lead while making music can help him or her stay engaged and motivated
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    To read a transcription of this music therapy video, please click here.

    This music therapy video with a child with special needs illustrates the following:

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    This music therapy video illustrates the following:

    • Tapping Little Elf is a great song for using rhythm sticks to address gross motor skills such as crossing mid-line, bilateral coordination and increasing shoulder stability and strength
    • Little Jingle Mouse is a fun song that uses jingle bells to work on therapeutic goals such as bilateral coordination, increasing shoulder stability and strength, and range of motion
    • Be silly and dramatic to make these activities even more motivating
    • Be creative with using instruments to address a variety of occupational and physical therapy goals

    To read a transcription of this music therapy video, please click here.

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