autism

It’s Time for a Tuneful Teens Update

2013-11-13T16:32:17+00:00

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

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

Halloween is Coming…Are You Ready for Some Sensory Ideas?

2019-09-28T18:41:32+00:00

I have to say that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Although it's usually still pretty hot and sticky here in Miami, I always enjoy singing songs about pumpkins, ghosts, and goblins. Last year I shared two videos of special Halloween singable stories: "Big Pumpkin" and "Nightsong" (these were a little different than my usual [...]

Halloween is Coming…Are You Ready for Some Sensory Ideas?2019-09-28T18:41:32+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 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

Autism + Special Needs CMTE Course Now Available

2013-06-19T13:00:59+00:00

It's here! It's here! My course for Music Therapy Ed is here! Can you picture me jumping for joy? Last summer, the incredible Kat Fulton invited me to create a CMTE course for Music Therapy Ed, the site that offers on-demand continuing education opportunities. I happily accepted and spent the summer writing brand new songs, creating brand [...]

Autism + Special Needs CMTE Course Now Available2013-06-19T13:00:59+00:00

Cupcakes + Music + Math = A Winning Combination

2019-08-21T19:55:18+00:00

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 [...]

Cupcakes + Music + Math = A Winning Combination2019-08-21T19:55:18+00:00