Parenting Songs Update

Baby instrumentsIt’s been about a year that I’ve used certain songs with my kid and I wanted to give an update on how they work now that he’s almost 3. The first song I shared was the Diaper Change Distraction Song. I don’t use this one very much anymore because he’s become pretty compliant (most of the time) with diaper changes and we are about to focus on potty training. Last time I tried to use this song, he looked at me and said, “Shhhh!”

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Episode 228: #MusicTherapy #JournalClub JMT 53(1)

Journal Club 2016Dr. Meganne Masko and I will discuss the articles published in the Spring 2016 Journal of Music Therapy (volume 53 number 1). This edition features articles on the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC), Parents and Young Children with Disabilities, a Meaningfulness of Songwriting Scale (MSS), and the Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R). We will summarize the articles and share our opinions and how we apply this research to our clinical practices.

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Wellness Agenda

WellnessA few weeks ago, I mentioned my Wellness Agenda on a Facebook group. People asked me about it, so I said I would write a post about it. Basically, my Wellness Agenda is a set of goals that relate to each of the wellness dimensions that make sure I’m meeting all of my needs to stay healthy.

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Car Seat Safety

CAR SEAT SAFETY
Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. And really, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your child is safely snuggled into the right car seat every time you get in the car. Instead, make sure your child is in the right seat from the get-go.
Safety seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained at the time of the crash. Just the thought of that is devastating. So why not select the right car seat from the start?

And just because you THINK you know you have the right car seat, think again. Wouldn’t it just be best to know, without a doubt, that your child is in the right seat?
Unfortunately, there are so many parents out there who are not educated on the ins and outs of car seat safety. It is so important that we get the word out and educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
Don’t wait until it is too late. Check out http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm to make sure you have the right seat buckled in the right way.

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#SWAMTA16 Recap – Post Conference Recovery

#SWAMTA16I had a great time at the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association conference last week and am now recovering from the travel and getting back into my routines. Usually, I look back and think about what would have made post-conference recovery easier and attempt to incorporate it into the next conference. This time, I actually did a pretty good job of pre-conference preparation which makes post-conference recovery easier. It helped that my husband and kid left on Tuesday to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and I left late Wednesday, so I had a day and a half by myself. I used that time to clean the house, drink coffee while it was still hot, and relax.

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#OCMT16 Recap

I attended the Online Conference for Music Therapy this year, and it was fantastic! OCMT is an international conference that is presented via a webinar platform for 24 hours. OCMT follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is designed to accommodate music therapists around the world. You get access to the recordings of the presentations for about a month after the live event, to catch the presentations that occurred during your bedtime. The platform they used this year also recorded the chat rooms, so you could see what participants were talking about as it happened.

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How To Recertify Without Spending A Dime

recertificationI highly recommend reading the CBMT Recertification Manual (and all CBMT and AMTA documents) every year, so that the information is fresh in your mind. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to recertify, reading the manual is the first step. There are many ways to do this and there will be a concurrent session by CBMT at each of the regional conferences on how to earn credits at low cost.

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