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October 11, 2019

"Communicating Through Music" is a 6-week speech-language and music therapy program beginning on Saturday, November 9th, in Kittery, Maine.  The program offers both individual sessions as well as small group sessions (4 children) to ages 3-6 with spe...

August 12, 2019

We recently interviewed on the podcast "Music Therapy Chronicles" about our Whole Body Learning Program and how we utilize visuals and movements to create a multi-sensory learning environment for children with special needs.  I also share what sparke...

We love using movement to music in our music therapy sessions.  Depending on the child, or group of children, we move for many reasons.  Sometimes we are moving to help with sensory regulation, sometimes we are moving to activate the brain and body,...

During group and 1:1 music therapy we use movement to music quite frequently.  Sometimes we keep the beat with body percussion and add melody with our voices.  Other times we use pre-recorded music to move to. 

Music activates the motor cor...

Happy world music therapy day!  I am often asked "what brought you to this field?" 

In 2006 I graduated from the University of New Hampshire and found a job in special education.  I worked as a 1:1 aid with a young boy with autism and in those tw...

February 26, 2019

Music therapy is an innovative approach to treatment for a wide range of needs and populations. 

Rhythm and Strings Music Therapy provides services to individuals and schools in New Hampshire and Southern Maine and specializes in autism spectrum disor...

February 10, 2019

When setting up a classroom or workspace that children with sensory processing challenges will be using, it is important to consider the sensory stimuli in the room.  All stimuli in the room has the potential to take away from the child's ability to...

February 7, 2019

During music therapy we love finding ways to increase vestibular and proprioceptive input.  One simple way to increase vestibular input during a session is by using a blanket as a swing.  I typically use a sheet folded over in half.  The child lays o...

January 24, 2019

Recent study shines light on the benefits of music therapy for children on the autism spectrum.

"Brain scans revealed that the children in the music group had increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain. They also had decrea...

January 18, 2019

Local memorial fund, Annie's Angels (anniesangels.org), has made a generous donation to increase music therapy services for preschoolers with special needs at the Morrison Center in Wells, Maine.  With their matching donation we are able to provide w...

January 15, 2019

Music can help with those winter wiggles!  As we head into the snowy season here in Maine and New Hampshire we tend to see bodies get a little extra wiggly!  When children don’t have the opportunity to get outside to run around, jump, and climb their...

January 8, 2019

Maine music therapists launch new website, "Maine Music Therapy Resource."

December 6, 2018

Larry the Lizard helps children to develop attention and listening skills.  

How to play:

Remember playing "hot and cold" as a child?  You would lead friends to where something was hidden by saying "hotter, hotter" as they got closer to the item...

November 27, 2018

Proprioception is our ability to sense where our limbs are in space.  It is the sensation from muscles, joints and connective tissue that allow us to know where our body is without looking.

Proprioception is important in coordinating movements and hel...

November 26, 2018

Article source: News-Medical.net

"Those fMRI scans showed a consistent pattern: The listeners' preferences, not the type of music they were listening to, had the greatest impact on brain connectivity – especially on a brain circuit known to be involve...

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