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Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 2

Last week, I started a two-part mini-series on the importance of transitions when working with children. Quick refresher: 1) Transitions help children know an activity is ending; 2) They help recap and review; 3) They let children know another activity will be starting; 4) Transitions help reduce challenging behaviors; and 5) They help children feel [...]

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 22019-09-17T16:40:40+00:00

Making the Most of Professional Collaborations (Part 2 – with therapists)

Are you still humming "It's always better when we're together?" That's the theme of last week's blog post and this week's blog post: how to make the most of your collaborations with other professionals. I love, love, LOVE co-treating with other therapists - speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and ABA [...]

Making the Most of Professional Collaborations (Part 2 – with therapists)2019-08-13T15:04:22+00:00

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)

One thing I've learned in my fourteen years as a music therapist is that it is better when we work together. Cue Jack Johnson singing "it's always better when we're together." One of my favorite parts about working in a school setting is co-treating with other professionals. I have learned a tremendous amount from co-treating [...]

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)2019-08-08T20:36:10+00:00

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus

Every other Sunday, I drive up a palm tree-lined road to the Chabad Center of Kendall to facilitate sessions for Friendship Circle Miami. I've worked with Friendship Circle since 2010 and it's one of my favorite programs to work with. This past week something very interesting happened in one of the sessions. I had just [...]

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus2019-07-18T15:31:33+00:00

Combining Music + Art: A Hawaiian Theme for Elementary Students

There is no denying that summer is here in Miami. Hot temperatures, afternoon rainstorms, staying inside to soak up the AC. Yup, summer is definitely here! At the Children's Resources Summer Camp, there's a different theme for each week of camp. I love this, because it gives me a creative jumping off point for planning [...]

Combining Music + Art: A Hawaiian Theme for Elementary Students2019-07-18T15:32:49+00:00

“What Do You Do?” A Social Skills Song for Elementary Students

The other day I was walking through Target and had a 'Hallelujah moment'! Seriously. I was coming in for one item: a white t-shirt that my daughter needed for an art project at her preschool. But, like most times I visit Target, I never made it past the Dollar Section (does that happen to you, [...]

“What Do You Do?” A Social Skills Song for Elementary Students2019-07-18T15:34:42+00:00

A Spring Session Idea to Reengage Your Young Clients

April was Autism Awareness Month and I had the opportunity to do something I LOVE to do: travel to different library branches throughout Miami-Dade county and lead Rockin' and Readin' music therapy sessions. Rockin' and Readin' is a program I created to bring music therapy sessions to the libraries in our area. Our focus in [...]

A Spring Session Idea to Reengage Your Young Clients2019-06-29T14:00:18+00:00
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