Category Archives : parent-child


Sounds like music!

One of the phrases I hear the most from my toddler these days is, “Sounds like music!” He is very attuned to the sounds around him and now he is noticing how sounds organized in a specific way make music.   At two and a half he is often saying, “Shhh, hear that!” when he […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 3 – Songwriting for Daily Use

In my previous posts “How I Use Music With My Son” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 and my more recent posts “Music with Babies and Toddlers” Part 1 and Part 2, I shared how I have used music with my son during the first 2 years of his life. In today’s […]


Fabulous Sing-Along Children’s Books

  While at story time with my son we were introduced to a few fabulous children’s books that you can sing along to! The librarian showed us Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera which happens to be one of my son’s favorite songs, the one he sings the most. The illustrations were colorful […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 2 – Music and Relaxation

    We started attending a baby music group at our local music school, and our group happens to be lead by their music therapy department! (MusicWorks NW) One of the activities that we do is “Intentional Touch” where we are massaging our babies/toddlers while singing a slow song (think lullabies). Who doesn’t love a massage? […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 1 – Music and Signing

Music is a great way to encourage development and enhance creativity, even in the littlest ones. Especially with the little ones! Children are naturally drawn to music which makes it easy to engage them. Music also is a great way to encourage communication in these pre-verbal kiddos.   When our son was just learning to […]


Celebrating Mothers: Happy Mother’s Day

  Being a mother is a precious gift. Whether you have a biological child, an adopted child, a fostered child, or you spend quality time with someone who needs a mothering touch, motherhood is a blessing. While it may be tough at times, there is no greater gift than the bond between mother and child […]


Early Intervention for Infants Displaying Signs of Autism

  Autism in Infants The media has been overwhelmed with news of a recent study by UC Davis MIND Institute showing that Early Intervention may be effective in treating infants displaying early signs of autism. Last week the Today Show mentioned this study that showed the effectiveness of early intervention with babies as young as 6 months who were […]


How I Use Music With My Son

  My first son was born at the end of last year and as a first time Mom I’m learning first hand how a child grows and develops. Of course I’ve studied child development in my education, worked with children of all ages throughout my life, and specialize in working with children. However, watching the […]


You Are My Sunshine…From Birth to the Grave

Music therapists like to say that we can use music with people “from birth to the grave” because we work with so many populations, with people of all ages. One of the things I appreciate about my job is that I get to work with so many different people in different stages of life. Today […]


Singable Stories

  Today I’d like to feature another favorite resource of mine: Singable Stories! These are great for parents and kids to do together. While you are sitting down together to read books, why not have some that you can sing too? Benefits of singing books: Bonding with your child Encouraging language development Encouraging music development […]


How Can Music Help My Preemie?

  NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants who are born early For a few months now I’ve had the opportunity to join The Children’s Healing Institute to offer a NICU support group for parents. Parents who have an infant in the NICU often deal with a multitude of feelings including anxiety, fear, disappointment, and […]