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

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

  • Music is a powerful motivator that can be used to help children with special needs learn communication skills
  • If you are using physical prompts with a child (i.e. hand over hand support), fade the prompts so that the child is independent and successful
  • Apps on the iPad such as this Yes/No app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/answers-yesno/id337470555?mt=8) can be excellent tools for a child to communicate wants and needs
  • Teaching a child finger individuation and extension skills (i.e. pointing the index finger) is a foundational skill for using augmentative and alternative communication devices (i.e. Dynovox, Springboard, iPad)

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This Music Therapy video with a child with Williams Syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Approach Hyperacusis (high sensitivity to sound) with sensitivity and patience
  • Use humor to create positive associations with loud sounds
  • Let the child control how loud or soft the music is
  • Use instruments to make this activity fun and motivating
  • For more information http://understandingwilliamssyndrome.blogspot.com/p/ears.html

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