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… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 3 – Songwriting for Daily Use
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… Read More Fabulous Sing-Along Children’s Books
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?… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 2 – Music and Relaxation
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… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 1 – Music and Signing
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… Read More Celebrating Mothers: Happy Mother’s Day
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… Read More How I Use Music With My Son
Parents are continually discovering new ways to interact effectively with their children. They go through the ups and downs of realizing that not all of the things they heard from friends or read in books works for their child. They continually have to adapt how to communicate with their kids based on age and circumstances. … Read More Autism and Family Connection: Increasing the Parent-Child Bond with Music Therapy
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… Read More You Are My Sunshine…From Birth to the Grave
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 Tapping… Read More Singable Stories
MUSIC THERAPY IN THE NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants who are born early During my time at Florida State University I had the opportunity to learn and train for the NICU Music Therapist credential. I was able to see how we use music therapy in the NICU for the tiniest, most vulnerable babies.… Read More How Can Music Help My Preemie?
One of my favorite activities to include in a music session is a Book and CD, or an illustrated book that comes with a CD. Well done Books and CDs have not only beautifully recorded music but beautifully illustrated pictures to make the songs come alive. In a previous post I mentioned my love of… Read More My Favorite Books and Cds
Some of my favorite books to are these Books with CDs from Barefoot Books! The music is great, the illustrations are beautiful, and the kids love them! Creepy Crawly Calypso introduces different instruments, different insects, and also counting numbers. Animal Boogie introduces various animals of the jungle, fun movements and sounds, and is… Read More Barefoot Books – Sing-a-long Books with CD
Kids love to dance, and they love dancing with grownups even more! This is a great way to spend a few minutes bonding with your kids, and they’ll love it! You may even find you’ll love it too! Let loose and enjoy as your body relaxes and gives into the rhythm of the music.… Read More Grab a scarf and dance!