New Song Activity: “Alphabet Kitchen” Over the course of my internship, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of students with goals that involve the alphabet; ranging from writing the entire alphabet, both in lower and upper case letters, to letter identification. In order to serve multiple students with their alphabet
Are you running out of ideas for positive expression this fall? I know this has been a tough year for everyone and we’re probably all feeling a little different about the holiday season this year. A few songs I have been using with students and adults to identify opportunities to celebrate for what
Exploring physical prompts for speech production Producing speech is a complex process that involves coordination between the diaphragm, vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue, and more. Speaking requires motor skills that we must practice in order to learn, like riding a bike or shooting baskets (Marisette, 2016). Two of the most common developmental
Looking for fun ways to work on participation and interaction with your music therapy group? Previously on the MTGO blog, we've covered making music with your little ones, an instrument scavenger hunt, and a free career-themed music therapy session plan. Today I'd like to share both templates and session-ready games that you can use
10 Tips for Challenging Behavior Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a Behavior Intervention Specialist to create a song to help various school professionals, including new staff, remember tips to dealing with challenging behaviors. It is always helpful to review how to handle behaviors and use the resources of other
Welcome to another repertoire spotlight! Previously on the MTGO Blog, we've shared 10 Inspirational Songs for Kids & Teens and 5 Ways to Use "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in Music Therapy. In this post, I’d like to share a little bit about one of my all-time-favorite but little-known children’s artists, Caspar Babypants!
One of the songs I play most often in music therapy sessions is “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” as recorded by The Tokens in 1961. This is one of those rare songs that isn’t limited to a specific age group or population, which makes it very versatile for music therapists, related professionals, and families.
When the going gets tough, the tough get... singing! Hi everyone, it's Danielle here with MTGO! Do you remember what it was like navigating the world as an adolescent? A period in your life most likely marked by enormous growth, combined with the unavoidable struggles and stressors of simply growing up? Sometimes when
How can music therapists help children learn to count? Learning to count is an essential skill for daily life. Children count to make sure they have both shoes, communicate their age with their hands, and even make sure they get as much food as their siblings. I used to think that students