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This is an instrumental composition of mine honoring Temple Grandin.  For more information about her please visit:

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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)

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

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This music therapy session with a client with Down syndrome illustrates the following:

  • Using humor can be an effective way to capture a child's attention and motivate him or her to work on therapeutic goals
  • Physical humor is one of the most effective styles of humor when working with children with special needs
  • Each child will respond to humor differently so take the time to try some different techniques
  • Allow yourself to be silly
  • Visual phonetics help a child understand how to articulate different sounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De5nVclM4Y8)

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

To read a transcription of this music therapy and special needs video, please click here

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

  • Dramatic pauses in live or recorded music creates opportunities for communication and speech
  • Visual supports can be very helpful when working with a child with autism
  • The Picto Selector program at http://www.pecsforall.com/ is an excellent resource for visual supports
  • Using an anticipatory breath followed by wait time is an effective way to prompt a child with special needs

To read a transcription of this music and autism video, please click here

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