autism

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

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

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

Wind, Wind

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

It’s Time for a Tuneful Teens Update

Those of you who have purchased Tuneful Teens: Creative Ideas for Engaging Adolescents in Music Therapy know that there is something cool I added to the package a few months ago. A FREE update! As I continued to work with teens with autism and other special needs I began seeing that the songs I used [...]

It’s Time for a Tuneful Teens Update2013-11-13T16:32:17+00:00

Breaking Free From My Session Plan Obsession – Part 2

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

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