Tweet Amy Zuniga is a mom of a 2 year old and a 4 year old. She leads the Mommy Mixers at Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas (Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am). She has a counseling degree and teaches many of the new mom classes at the hospital. I am a mom of a […]
Tweet I told you about a song that keeps my kid still so that I can change his diaper. To my amazement, that still works (most of the time)!
Tweet Children with developmental or neurological disorders have many challenges to overcome, but can still learn new skills. It is important that we check our assumptions about what someone is capable of, because they may exceed our expectations, given the opportunity.
Tweet When you have a child with a disability, teaching concepts of time can be difficult. Music is an excellent way to introduce this concept and help your child understand the passage of time.
Tweet Music Therapy benefits are not just for children–it works across the lifespan. Many adults experience stress; music can help reduce stress. Listen to some of your favorite music and dance or relax to it. You’ll either be getting exercise by dancing or lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and the amount of stress hormones […]
Tweet At this stage of life, music preferences are shaped by what our friends like and tend to move away from what our parents like. It is important to find out what kind of music your teen is listening to and to talk about the messages in the music. What we listen to throughout the […]
Tweet At this age, music as therapy is used mostly for children with disabilities. It may be offered in school districts, if the Music Therapy Assessment determines that it is educationally necessary as a related service. In this case, music therapy is provided directly to the child, who is pulled out of the classroom to […]
Tweet Children in this stage are developing skills very quickly. They are learning to communicate, acquiring motor skills, and developing social behaviors. Music can help foster these skills, because of the intrinsic properties of music and because music is fun and motivating.
Tweet Remember that instrument you used to play in middle school or high school? Try to pick up your old instrument and performing in a community ensemble–by doing so, you will exercise your brain and improve your health! Or if you’ve never played, take some lessons. You’re never too old to learn an instrument and […]