The Red Panda

The Red Panda

Devin loves animals. He just turned 13 and has already decided he wants to be a zoologist when he grows up. Several months ago, I showed him the video Hellbender by Saint Louis band Fire Dog. This inspired a conversation about other endangered species…….


Many Ways To Say Goodbye

Many Ways To Say Goodbye

Music Therapy goodbye song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will give an appropriate verbal response to four different farewell phrases.
Domains: Social, Language, Speech

Does the child you’re working with respond with “goodbye” when you say “goodbye”? Good.

When you say “goodbye” + the child’s name, do they respond with……


The First Four Years

The First Four Years

Archtop Music Therapy began serving special needs children in St. Louis, Missouri on July 1, 2015. Thank you to the dedicated parents who have invited me into their homes and to all of the amazing kids I’ve worked with, am working with, and will work with in the future. I……


Where Do You Go?

Where Do You Go?

Music Therapy where question song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will answer where questions about various places in the community.
Domains: Language, Academics

Many kids struggle answering “WH” questions: Who? Where? What? When? Why? The first three of these (who, where, what) are commonly answered with nouns (person, place, thing)…….


Amazing Dangie Bros

Amazing Dangie Bros

This is a video posted on YouTube about videos posted on YouTube.

A songwriter should write about what excites and motivates them. Tristan is……


Sing

Sing

I always thought I shared a birthday with Willie Nelson. Turns out I was mistaken. He was born one day (plus 40 years) before me. While I lost a birthday buddy, I discovered a new one – Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. So instead of singing some outlaw country, I will be……


I Gotta Go To The Bathroom

I Gotta Go To The Bathroom

Music Therapy bathroom song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will verbally request to use the bathroom when needed.
Domains: Behavior, Speech, Language

This song was created with a particular client in mind. At some point during a typical 60-minute session he will stand up, pat his head, and……


Use Your Words

Use Your Words

Music Therapy behavior song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will refrain from inappropriate physical behavior by instead using an appropriate verbal phrase.
Domains: Behavior, Social, Language

Inappropriate physical behaviors are of serious concern for special needs parents and teachers. Beyond the immediate bodily harm, there is also the potential for future……


Please, Thank You

Please, Thank You

Music Therapy manners song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will request an item by using “please” and respond to receiving that item with “thank you.”
Domains: Behavior, Language, Speech

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

None of the kids I work with seem to enjoy catching flies, but they do……


Community Signs

Community Signs

Music Therapy environmental print videos and songs for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will receptively or expressively identify community signs.
Domain: Academics

Identifying signs and environmental print is a precursor to literacy. Kids first learn the signs and symbols that are meaningful to them: the golden arches of McDonald’s, the YouTube symbol on……