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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

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

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

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

The Leaves Are Falling One By One

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

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

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 Senses2018-07-20T23:51:27+00:00

A Camping We Will Go…Some More!

Last week, I shared a post on a Camping Theme I'm working on with my K-5 students in music therapy. We started off with a camping hello song while looking at pictures in the book "Down By the River." Then, we roasted marshmallows over a campfire of red, orange and yellow scarves in a drum, [...]

A Camping We Will Go…Some More!2018-07-20T23:52:14+00:00

A Camping We Will Go

I've recently been beefing up my arsenal of activities for the school-age population (grades K-5). Two years ago I started working at a school for children with special needs, and it's been a great exercise in creativity for me! I have lots of ideas for working with children and teens, but not many that are [...]

A Camping We Will Go2018-07-20T23:53:10+00:00
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