Tag: Academics

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)…….


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……


Colors

Colors

Music Therapy color song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will receptively identify nine colors.
Domains: Academics, Language

There are many music videos out there to teach colors. However, teachers and therapists are required to track progress and report data. These videos are designed to both teach and allow for data collection.

Learning colors may……


These Are The Vowels

These Are The Vowels

Music Therapy vowel song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will verbally produce long and short vowel sounds.
Goal: Client will visually identify uppercase and lowercase vowels.
Domains: Speech, Academics

Vowels are phonemes produced without any appreciable constriction or blockage of airflow in the vocal tract. Vowel sounds differ from each……


What Do You Use?

What Do You Use?

Music Therapy what question song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will answer what questions regarding the functions of items.
Domains: Language, Academics

Special needs kids can get confused with the variety of “WH” questions they are expected to answer. I used to work with a boy on the autism spectrum……


Adding Means Jump To The Right

Adding Means Jump To The Right

Music Therapy math video & song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Clients will solve addition problems using a number line.
Domain: Academics

Math is hard. Teaching of addition is often done with manipulatives or TouchMath. While these methods can be effective, sometimes it is difficult……


I Can Tell The Time

I Can Tell The Time

Music Therapy clock videos & songs for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will learn to tell time to 15 minute intervals on an analog clock.
Domains: Academics, Math

Earlier this year I created Telling Time, which addressed telling analog time to the hour. I used it with several clients……


Instruments used in Music Therapy

Instruments used in Music Therapy

My go-to instrument in a music therapy session is an acoustic guitar. It’s popular, portable, and enables me to maintain eye contact with clients. While making recordings, I draw from a larger variety of instruments.

Musical instruments can also be played by clients. A wide variety of goals can be……


Word Families

Word Families

Music Therapy reading and speech video & song for special needs individuals.
Goal 1: Clients will read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.
Goal 2: Clients will verbally produce CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.
Domains: Academics, Speech

Reading is hard. How is it that “ate” and “eight” are spelled so different, but pronounced the same? Why can “bass” be……