Autism

Being Brave with Your Teen Music Therapy Groups

2020-07-07T16:59:50+00:00

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 Groups2020-07-07T16:59:50+00:00

Wind, Wind

2015-04-08T00:36:26+00:00

Sensory-based interventions are some of my favorite to incorporate into my music therapy sessions. Many of the children I work with who have special needs are also sensory-based learners. This means they learn about their world through their senses - sight, touch, hearing, even taste! Here is an original song I wrote to use in my sensory sessions [...]

Wind, Wind2015-04-08T00:36:26+00:00

Breaking Free From My Session Plan Obsession – Part 2

2013-11-06T16:11:06+00:00

Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post that generated a LOT of comments! I love when this happens because it helps me feel like I'm not alone with some of the things I'm going through in my sessions. This particular blog post was about breaking free my obsession with session planning. And realizing that [...]

Breaking Free From My Session Plan Obsession – Part 22013-11-06T16:11:06+00:00

Breaking Free From My Session Plan Obsession – Part 1

2013-10-23T15:08:03+00:00

I'm a planner and an organizer. I'm early for everything and I always like to be prepared. So when I began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs it was a HUGE shift for me to learn that coming in with a pre-planned "agenda" and session plan might not be the best [...]

Breaking Free From My Session Plan Obsession – Part 12013-10-23T15:08:03+00:00

Music, Joint Attention & Autism

2015-01-21T20:09:20+00:00

I'm really getting into the  swing of things here at my job as Interim Professor of Music Therapy at University of Miami (UM). I love being about to share what I've learned in my eight years of working with children with special needs in the clinical setting and also what I learned during my master's [...]

Music, Joint Attention & Autism2015-01-21T20:09:20+00:00

Sensational Ideas for Working with Children with Autism (Part 4)

2015-04-07T22:04:03+00:00

I just returned home after a beautiful and relaxing vacation in Sanibel. Honestly it was hard to leave a week of swimming, biking, grilling, and swinging in the hammock. But I feel refreshed and ready to go! This is a bittersweet week for me - I am finishing up my time at UCP's Early Beginnings [...]

Sensational Ideas for Working with Children with Autism (Part 4)2015-04-07T22:04:03+00:00

Sensational Ideas for Working with Children with Autism (Part 3)

2018-07-25T00:33:41+00:00

Friday was my last day with the children at UCP!! I can't believe it! I'll be leaving United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to start my new position as Interim Professor of Music Therapy at University of Miami. There are many things that I'll miss about UCP, but most of all will be the children. Don't worry ~ [...]

Sensational Ideas for Working with Children with Autism (Part 3)2018-07-25T00:33:41+00:00

A Sense~ational Summer Session Plan

2013-07-24T13:00:24+00:00

I don't know about you, but I am ready for a little fun in the sun! Even though I live in Miami, I always get excited to go to the beach. I love the smell of the suntan lotion and the sound of the waves. The summer is also a great time to bring some of the [...]

A Sense~ational Summer Session Plan2013-07-24T13:00:24+00:00

Sensational Ideas for Working With Children with Autism (Part 2)

2018-07-25T00:30:44+00:00

Did you catch Part 1 in my series on Music Therapy + Sensory Integration? In it I showcased a video of me utilizing the therapy ball in my music therapy session with a self-contained class of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)! I am using the therapy ball to provide proprioceptive and vestibular input to the children while [...]

Sensational Ideas for Working With Children with Autism (Part 2)2018-07-25T00:30:44+00:00

Sensational Ideas for Working With Children with Autism (Part 1)

2018-07-25T00:31:51+00:00

I can pinpoint when a major shift in my music therapy practice took place. It was when I began co-treating with some amazing occupational therapists at UCP's Early Beginnings Academy. Through these co-treatment sessions, I became fascinated by sensory integration, how it relates to my clients with autism and how it can be incorporated into my [...]

Sensational Ideas for Working With Children with Autism (Part 1)2018-07-25T00:31:51+00:00