It’s “Show & Tell Tuesday!” I want to share a book with you that I think is so amazing for little kiddos going through the loss of a loved one.
Saying good-bye can be a very hard thing when a child has to say it to a loved one. Christine L. Thompson wrote a book titled, “Scarlet Says Good-Bye,” and it’s a book for children to process their thoughts and feelings about a loved one dying in hospice care. It provides a story and activities for children to do alone or with family. It helps the child to remember the person and the time spent.
The book can be purchased at Scarlet Says Good-bye
This book can be used by therapists, hospice employees, and family members to initiate talking with a child about what they are thinking and feeling. It teaches children what hospice care is, how children can talk with the dying loved one, and a place in the book for the loved one to leave a written message to the child.
As a music therapist, I love using “Scarlet Says Good-Bye,” by Christine L. Thompson because it includes many activities in the second half of the book that can be adapted and expanded upon in a music therapy session. I really like the activity that encourages the child to pretend he/she is a “reporter”. Christine offers questions that the child can ask the loved one. These pages are perfect for the music therapist to assist in developing these questions into songs with a child. For the child, developing their loved one’s answers into melodies can help him/her remember the moments and conversations with the loved one more easily. Songwriting the words into lyrics and melody can bring the “reporter’s” experience to a deeper level. In addition, a recording of the song can be a keepsake that could be treasured for years to come.
It’s just a great book! So many wonderful ways it can be used to bring about processing for a grieving child.
Thank you Christine for writing it, and signing my copy!!
Music therapy can facilitate a WHOLE BUNCH of positive responses from children. Here’s a poster with the top five reasons music therapy can decrease disruptive behaviors in children.
1. Music instantly commands attention.
2. Music inspires wonderment (for example, if a child observes a musician in performance, it inspires his or her motivation to learn an instrument.)
3. Music therapy offers a safe haven from which to explore feelings.
4. Song lyrics make it easier for children to find words to express themselves.
5. Opportunity to play an instrument encourages on-task behaviors.
Music therapy has been successfully utilized in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children with conditions such as affect regulation, communication and social/behavioral dysfunction. Some techniques used in music therapy for children include: live music making, drumming, creative songwriting, guided imagery and music for relaxation, and a variety of other music activities to facilitate reducing anxiety, increasing coping skills, and communication skills. If you are interested in music therapy for your child, please fill out this form or call us at 218-349-1792.
I am proud to announce that I am now a Neurologic Music Therapist! I can be identified on the NMT Registry as a member through the Robert Unkefer Academy of Neurological Music Therapy.
Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) techniques are grounded in scientific and clinical research. The standardized intervention areas adapted to help clients with functional life skills in NMT are as follows:
Speech and language training
Besides the fantastic outcomes of NMT sessions, there is the added benefit that Access Music Therapy, llc has a new tool to improve access to third-party reimbursement (insurance) for music therapy services. If you think you or your child might benefit, contact me.
And, if you are curious and want to learn more about NMT sessions, stay tuned, and register your email with me for updates because I will continue to blog about how YOU can benefit from Neurologic Music Therapy!
I’m using adaptive bells today. My goal is to share successful examples of how musical instruments can be changed to fit everyone’s personal style and physical special needs. Some clients I work with have special needs. They are in wheelchairs, have limited range of motion, and some have vision problems. I really want them to be able to play music the way they have requested to perform, which is usually independently. So, I do my darndest to create adaptive supports for young people to make music, and transform them into music performers rather than music listeners alone. Playing with a group gives a young person with disabilities all the benefits that performing music offers. Adaptive equipment levels the “playing field.” They gain confidence, camaraderie with the group, independence, and hands-on musical experiences that are fun for everyone involved.
These hand bells are put through drilled holes in the back of the “Guitar Box” that I made for holding a guitar horizontally (see previous post). Then, they use a weighted mallet to hit the bells.
Below are some song charts used with the bells. Clients use the charts or they follow my verbal cues.
If you have any questions, please leave your comments or questions below.