Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 1

2015-07-10T23:36:48+00:00July 16th, 2014|

Today's post is Part 1 of my summer blog series on movin' and groovin' during your music therapy sessions with kids! Movement is so important when children are learning - it wakes up the body and the brain and actively engages children in the learning process. In the video below, I am working on shape identification [...]

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

2015-04-07T22:04:03+00:00August 14th, 2013|

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 3)

2018-07-25T00:33:41+00:00July 31st, 2013|

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 2)

2018-07-25T00:30:44+00:00July 17th, 2013|

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 1)

2018-07-25T00:31:51+00:00July 3rd, 2013|

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 [...]

Cupcakes + Music + Math = A Winning Combination

2019-08-21T19:55:18+00:00April 17th, 2013|

I am finally back in the swing of things after a wonderful whirlwind of wedding festivities! (By the way, my favorite discussion so far with my preschoolers went like this: One child: "Amy got married!" Another: "She graduated!" I love how their minds work.) Today, I am sharing a video that goes along with this [...]

Book ‘n Song: “Big Pumpkin”

2019-10-14T12:28:38+00:00November 3rd, 2012|

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween last week! We sure enjoyed celebrating with the children at Early Beginnings Academy. We started off the week with a Book 'n Song: "Nightsong," a beautiful story about a bat going off into the world to find his way (watch the video to see!) If you would like the [...]

A Special Book ‘n Song for Halloween: “Nightsong”

2019-09-26T18:45:48+00:00October 30th, 2012|

Happy Halloweenweek! I am blogging one day earlier than usual so I can share a special video with you. This Halloween at Early Beginnings Academy, we decided to do something a little different for the children. Our director, Yvonne, read a story called "Nightsong" by Ari Berk to the children. I accompanied her with a [...]

Presenting….UCP Star Singers!!

2012-10-06T17:46:18+00:00October 6th, 2012|

Happy Saturday Song Share! Next week at this time I will be in sessions at the National Music Therapy Conference, diligently taking notes, and I could not be more excited. So today I wanted to share an extra special video with you. Last week we took a group of children to sing at the annual fundraising [...]

Graduation is Approaching!

2019-01-30T19:52:02+00:00May 10th, 2012|

I can't believe it is May already! I say this every time a new month starts, but it really does feel like it was just yesterday that we were starting the new school year. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I work full-time in United Cerebral Palsy's preschool and charter school, Early Beginnings Academy. I [...]

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