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Yes or No

IEP goal area:  Language//Answering Yes or No questions.   As always, these videos are supplementary materials for the student to use at home or in the classroom in order to help the transfer of skills from the therapy session to other environments. Research shows that live music in music therapy sessions (with a board-certified music therapist) is the most effective approach.   Great handout on YES/NO questions from ASHA, here: Evaluating & Teaching Yes/No Responses Based on an Analysis of ...

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I Need Help

This song was written for a student who needed assistance learning how to communicate, using their Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) device, that they needed help before the situation escalated.  I made sure to keep it simple and repetitious, as a way to embed more trials for teaching and practice.  (I have a second version with some of the, "I need help" vocals taken out, for testing purposes. If you are interested in this version, please feel free to email me and I'll send it your way.)       i need help lyrics i need help words   Disclaimer: Live music therapy sessions are always best. These videos/recordings are created as supplementary materials for teachers and parents in order to foster transfer of knowledge across settings.  ...

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“While You’re At School, You Have Some Rules”

  LYRICS: While you’re at school You have some rules To help you listen and learn 1. Stay in your seat 2. Safe hands and feet 3. Keep your mouth closed     Disclaimer: Live music therapy sessions are always best. These videos/recordings are created as supplementary materials for teachers and parents in order to foster transfer of knowledge across settings.   You can buy the track, HERE: https://rachelseemusictherapy.bandcamp.com  ...

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Preparing your booth (with free downloads!)

Lately, we've been involved in a whirlwind of events (all great things, mind you!); one being the Golden Hat Foundation parade and celebration (more about the event and the wonderful organization, HERE).  Preparing Music Therapy of Austin's booth for the event's resource fair was both a head-scratcher and an exciting planning process. [gallery link="none" columns="4" ids="9254,9255,9256,9257"] The head-scratcher part: How does one represent such a hands-on, individualized therapy in a way that accurately portrays the field to someone in what could be a two-second walk-by? And how can I somehow extend those two seconds into a few minutes of conversation to convey and explain a field for which I am so passionate? The exciting part: The creative process of "putting it all together to fit on...

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Sing a Silly Song!

Back in August, I discovered a great resource (and found out that many other music therapists had been using it, as well) when searching for songs about emotions, as many of my clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder are working on social goals, such as recognizing emotions. The resource?  "Spectrum Connections: Bounce!"  A children's show that airs on Sprout TV, uses music, and is hosted by a music therapist. I discovered that the entire songbook used on the show was FREE and available on their website. (Want a copy? CLICK HERE!) However, because the notation was not included (and I could not find any videos or .mp3 files), I had no idea how to sing the melody lines.  My solution?  I made it up!...

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