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2 Aug · Linda · 2 Comments

Time to Adapt: Being Flexible During Music Therapy Sessions

The saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often gone awry”, probably wasn’t written about music therapists or our session plans…but it might as well have been. I have found that flexibility during sessions is as important a quality for music therapists as good musicianship and therapeutic skills. Take for example, one of …

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12 Jul · Linda · No Comments

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!

It’s summer and insects abound!  We have been inundated with flies this year, so what better way to deal with them than with a song!  Ok….that sounds ridiculous, but there’s a method behind my madness. I originally got this idea from music therapist, Kerry Cornelius’, blog post about Cinco de Mayo.  After taping cute pictures of …

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1 Mar · Linda · No Comments

Fun with Party Horns – Impulse Control, Sequencing and Following Directions

One of my latest finds at the Dollar Tree Store is a package of party horns.  They are sold in packages of 2 for $1.00. What, you may ask would a music therapist want with party horns?  When I first saw them, I thought they’d be great to use for an impulse control activity with my younger …

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16 Feb · Linda · 4 Comments

iPad App: Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box

Ok, this winter has been a doozy!!  We’ve had weeks of cloudiness, snow and freezing temperatures.  It’s hard for anyone not to be affected and get the winter blues. For my students, this has meant irregular schedules due to snow or “cold” days,  indoor recesses and what appears to be a growing sense of frustration …

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11 Feb · Linda · No Comments

Valentine’s Day Activity

This year, Valentine’s Day coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the British Invasion…the Beatles on Ed Sullivan!  What better way to celebrate both events than with the song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”!   This song is universally enjoyed by young and old alike. In this activity, we used fun hand clackers to work …

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