Posted September 13th, 2013 by Tuned in to Learning
It’s rare to find 130 pages of free full color resources and up to date information at your fingertips, but editor-in-chief Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-BC is providing the music therapy community with just that! You’ll find music therapy activity ideas for early intervention, parent tips, early childhood music therapy research, and more!
Early Childhood Music Therapy Research
Imagine 2013 includes a great research section highlighting the latest studies in the area of music therapy and young children including a special focus on little ones with autism. Jennifer Whipple, Ph.D., MT-BC, music therapist summarizes that:
“Music therapy is extremely effective (overall effect size of d= 0.76; p<.0001) for developing communication, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, and play in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the results of a recent meta-analysis (Whipple 2012).”
To read more about the latest music therapy early childhood research, check out pages 30-44 in Imagine 2013.
Free Music Therapy Tips for Parents from Imagine 2013 Magazine
Another great feature in Imagine 2013 magazine is parent tips section, including tips for music and autism written by Tuned in to Learning founder and Autism Specialist Michelle Lazar, MA, MT-BC. In her “Ideas for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” on page 91, Michelle provides 5 simple music and rhythm-based activities that include a learning component. Some of the skills targeted include the concept of “same”, learning “stop” and “go”, imitation skills, identifying familiar people by name, language concepts, and counting.
You’ll also find two other excellent parent tips pages:
- Ideas for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome by team Therabeat [page 92]
- Ideas for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments by Petra Kern, Ph.D [page 93]
All three tips pages are great to have on hand to email, print, or share with parents who are looking for ways to reach their children through the joys of music.
Looking for early childhood special education songs written by music therapists? Check out these Tuned in to Learning® song downloads!
- Five Little Monkeys (counting with slower pacing)
- Playin’ in My Band (following directions, instrument play)
- Monkey See, Monkey Do (learning to talk, repeating simple words and phrases)