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A Few Ideas for Going Virtual With Music Therapy

2020-05-09T18:34:15+00:00

I don't have to tell you that last week our world was turned completely upside down. My business stopped all in-person services and moved as many clients and students as we could to virtual sessions and lessons. Definitely NOT what we had expected or planned for. But, music therapists are by nature creative, innovative, flexible, [...]

A Few Ideas for Going Virtual With Music Therapy2020-05-09T18:34:15+00:00

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 2

2019-09-17T16:40:40+00:00

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

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 1

2019-09-11T16:21:50+00:00

There are times when I’m on schedule, cranking out a blog post a week. And there are other times when things get in the way – like a hurricane barreling towards South Florida. When my husband and I heard the news and saw how close it could potentially get to us, we dropped everything and [...]

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 12019-09-11T16:21:50+00:00

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

2019-10-17T12:17:07+00:00

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 Students2019-10-17T12:17:07+00:00

To Use Recorded Music in Music Therapy…or To Not Use Recorded Music?

2019-06-29T13:57:54+00:00

I have a confession to make... Ready for it? I used to be kind of a snob when it came to using recorded music in my sessions. As a board certified music therapist, I am a firm believer that we have a unique skill set that sets us apart from other music professionals. We play [...]

To Use Recorded Music in Music Therapy…or To Not Use Recorded Music?2019-06-29T13:57:54+00:00

A Spring Session Idea to Reengage Your Young Clients

2019-06-29T14:00:18+00:00

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

2019-10-12T20:27:55+00:00

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

The Leaves Are Falling One By One

2019-09-26T13:57:35+00:00

Although I have a storehouse of session ideas (especially when it comes to Fall!), I always like to keep things fresh and bring in new musical experiences for my clients. My mom recently sent a book in the mail for my daughters (who are ages 2 and 4) and they love it, but as soon [...]

The Leaves Are Falling One By One2019-09-26T13:57:35+00:00

The One Question I Ask Myself Every Time I Session Plan for Kids

2018-08-21T18:55:12+00:00

It's Back to School Time! Hooray? Some say yes, some say no. However you feel about this season, it's here, there is no question about it. I'm feeling it because my daughter started PreK 4 today (!!) AND I'm gearing up to start sessions again at the school where I work with children with special [...]

The One Question I Ask Myself Every Time I Session Plan for Kids2018-08-21T18:55:12+00:00

A Camping We Will Go…With Our Senses

2020-06-28T20:32:07+00:00

I just returned home from a lovely trip to Boston with my little one for a family get together. The weather was beyond beautiful and we enjoyed some delicious BBQs in the backyard. Now that I'm home, I'm ready to wrap up the little camping series I started two weeks ago. You can catch up [...]

A Camping We Will Go…With Our Senses2020-06-28T20:32:07+00:00