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A Heartwarming Story of Connection
August 11, 2020
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This week we found a beautiful story about a family using the power of music to connect with their elderly mother/grandmother who lives in a memory care facility in Illinois.  Beverly Patton, age 74, has been isolated from her family since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patton’s family, however, have a found a creative...
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Music Therapy is Universal
July 29, 2020
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There is no doubt that the changes inflicted upon us by this worldwide pandemic have caused an increase in the number of people who are struggling with their mental health.  And many people are turning to the creative arts as a way to cope.  Whether it’s visual arts, dance, creative writing, or music, “art has...
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MTAO Conference Take-Aways
March 4, 2020
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This past weekend, I attended the Music Therapy Association of Ontario’s annual conference in my beautiful hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. I was honoured to have received the MTAO’s bursary, covering the cost of registration for the conference.  And now I want to share with all of you, everything that I learned and discovered! The first...
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How will you celebrate World Music Therapy Day?
February 20, 2020
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March 1st is World Music Therapy Day! That's coming up very soon!  Do you have a plan for how you will celebrate? Well I'm here to help you with that.  Keep reading for some ideas of how you can celebrate World Music Therapy Day! HUG A MUSIC THERAPIST: Music therapy is an underappreciated and often...
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New Credentials!
January 27, 2020
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Back in September, I completed my application to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Finally last week I heard back from them saying that my application has been accepted and I can use the title Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)! Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what this really means.  Basically it means that I can practice...
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New Instrument! The Singing Bowl
January 10, 2020
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The other instrument that was recently given to me as a gift is a singing bowl.  The singing bowl descends from the Chinese standing bell, which was made of bronze and struck with a mallet.  The name’s reference to the instrument’s ability to “sing” comes from the method of playing it which involves rotating a...
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New Instrument! The Kalimba
January 7, 2020
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I recently added two new instruments to my collection, I would like to introduce them both to you in their own blog posts.  The first is the kalimba. The kalimba is a westernized descendent of a traditional African instrument.  It is sometimes also referred to as a thumb piano, due to the predominant use of...
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Some Quotes about Asperger’s Syndrome
November 28, 2019
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I recently finished reading a very sweet novel in which the main character who, although undiagnosed, demonstrates several symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome.  He is a brilliant geneticist and professor at a prestigious university in Australia.  At the beginning of the book, he is asked by his friend and colleague to give a presentation on the...
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Counting Those Railroad Cars
November 25, 2019
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This week, I will be running a group session with the theme of modes of transportation, I can't wait! There will be songs about boats, bicycles, airplanes, buses, and more.  There's also a song about trains, take a look at the video below! This song will be used to practice basic counting, clarity of speech,...
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Song-writing in Music Therapy
November 5, 2019
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Song-writing is a popular intervention in music therapy and can be adapted to work in a wide range of populations.  Let me tell you about some of the variations, how they work, and how they help. Lyric substitution: This version of the song-writing intervention is the most accessible and the most flexible.  Lyric substitution involves...
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