Language/Semantics: Given “Wh” questions about a recent personal experience, the student will increase his semantic skills by correctly answering with 75% accuracy given no more than 2 visual or verbal cues.
Language/Syntax: Producing simple phrases/sentences of 3-7 words with 2 or less verbal or visual cues.
This song is used to help my students answer “where” questions, and serve as a model for the use of 4-5 word full and complete sentences/answers. It was originally written by a music therapy student several years ago and shared/passed along within my department (unfortunately, I don’t know who this student was, as they had been long gone by the time I began working there…so, if anyone knows who originally wrote it, I’d love to give them credit!). I recently realized that the older version, however, was too high vocally for some of the students with whom I work. Therefore, I recorded a new version in a lower key, and added pictures/created a video. 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.