Friendship Circle is one of my favorite programs to work with. It is an incredible organization that provides services for children and teens with autism, as well as the opportunity for them to make friends and work on social skills in a supportive environment.
I work with Friendship Circle by providing group music therapy services for their Children’s Circle (ages 3-8), Tween Scene (ages 9-12) and Teen Scene (ages 13+).
I LOVE working with these groups because they always keep my on my toes and give me inspiration for continually creating new ideas.
Since I know there are not a lot of resources out there for music therapists working with tweens and teens, I’ve compiled my best ideas into three E-Books (Tuneful Teens 1 & 2 and The Rap Pack for Teens) and a 5-hour CMTE Course called Tune In To Teens.
Be sure to check those resources out if you’re in need of some inspiration when it comes to session planning!
To wrap up the school year, the Friendship Circle groups performed in a Morning of Talent at the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens in Miami.
Here are some pictures from the performances (all shared with parental permission):
Teen Scene did a performance of The Friendship Rap with their own original lyrics:
Tween Scene performed “My Body Makes Music” (and these two girls sang like SUPER STARS!!)
Children’s Circle performed “Red is Rojo,” a song to teach the colors in English & Spanish, using multicolored scarves:
It has been a fantastic year and the Morning of Talent was a great way to bring together everything we’d been working on.
I’m looking forward to starting my seventh year working with the Friendship Circle come this Fall!