Autism

Jazz Up Your Adapted Lessons With This Technique

In addition to offering music therapy services, another thing I love to do is offer adapted music lessons to children and teens with ASD. I've been teaching piano lessons to a teen and recently was starting to feel stuck with the lesson book. Plugging through it week after week was becoming a bit dry. Have you [...]

Jazz Up Your Adapted Lessons With This Technique2016-10-23T18:47:42+00:00

Presume Competence, Always.

"I felt very strongly about writing you today, to give a little extra insight on the disconnected links that were supposed to make my body and brain work together in harmony. But, they don't and that's okay." "My brain, which is much like yours, knows what it wants and how to make that clear. My body, [...]

Presume Competence, Always.2016-10-23T19:00:49+00:00

Friendship Circle Morning of Talent

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 [...]

Friendship Circle Morning of Talent2016-06-20T18:06:13+00:00

To Make Eye Contact or To Not Make Eye Contact

I am smack dab in the middle of moving. Our new house is only about 20 minutes away from where we used to live, but with a newly mobile 14-month-old, it has been quite the challenge! Despite having moving boxes everywhere and a missing charger cable for my computer, I just had get this blog post out. [...]

To Make Eye Contact or To Not Make Eye Contact2015-08-12T16:38:46+00:00

Why I Count to 5 in My Head During Sessions

A few weeks ago I sent out a survey to my newsletter list and to readers of the blog to find out what topics they would most like to see covered in upcoming blog posts. The top responses were: #1 - session ideas for working with teens #2 - session ideas for working with children #3 - [...]

Why I Count to 5 in My Head During Sessions2015-07-15T12:43:55+00:00

Why I Led This Music Therapy Session in the Dark

For the past three weeks a client of mine has come into our session room and turned off the light. He'll turn it off, then turn it on. Then he'll play with the dimmer and make the light brighter...then darker. Then he'll turn the light off again. Each time he did this I would respond by turning the light on and [...]

Why I Led This Music Therapy Session in the Dark2015-04-08T17:13:14+00:00

NEW Video Series ~ Session Faves (Part 1)

Hey there! I hope you've had some time to poke around my website and check out the new design and new organization that will make things even easier to find (teen session ideas are all found here!) Today I'm starting a brand new video series that I'm really excited about! In this series I'll be [...]

NEW Video Series ~ Session Faves (Part 1)2015-04-15T18:58:09+00:00

Musical Hide & Seek

As April is winding down, so is the school year here at University of Miami (UM), where I've been teaching this past school year. It has been an incredible year and I have learned so, so much! I'm looking forward to the coming months, where I have a few major life changes coming down the [...]

Musical Hide & Seek2015-05-29T14:56:43+00:00

All Kids Included Festival

Next Saturday, May 3, Wholesome Harmonies will be part of the All Kids Included Festival, held at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center and we are so excited! This is FREE festival that provides interactive arts experiences for children of ALL abilities. The festival runs from 10am - 5pm, and I will be facilitating music [...]

All Kids Included Festival2015-01-09T02:50:59+00:00

Being Brave with Your Teen Music Therapy Groups

Bravery - This is a theme that's reappeared quite frequently in the last year or two....in Disney movies and in songs. I think this theme is very relevant to teens and so I decided to incorporate it into my music therapy sessions last week. These are sessions for teens with autism and other special needs and [...]

Being Brave with Your Teen Music Therapy Groups2018-06-07T18:34:28+00:00
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