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Why Attending Conference is Critical

Two weeks ago I flew from the palm tree-lined streets of Miami to frigid, snowy Minneapolis for the National Music Therapy Conference. Although the temperature change was a bit of a shock, even for me who grew up in Pennsylvania (and has lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey), I am so glad I went. [...]

Why Attending Conference is Critical2019-12-04T14:21:46+00:00

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

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

So Many Spring Scents

When you live in Miami, one season tends to blend right in to the next. Winter feels like Spring and Spring feels like Summer. Nonetheless, I like to acknowledge the change of seasons in my sessions. Thus, I have a ton of ideas in store for my Spring-themed sessions next week. I work at a [...]

So Many Spring Scents2019-10-12T20:27:55+00:00

We Are Rockin’ & Readin’ at the Library in March

The library is one of my favorite places to be. I've always loved the smell of the books and the peacefulness that lives in the bookshelves. Well, that is the peacefulness until storytime starts! If you've ever been to one of our Rockin' & Readin music sessions, you know we get a little bit loud [...]

We Are Rockin’ & Readin’ at the Library in March2019-02-20T15:28:24+00:00