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Education: Methods for Learning/Educational Therapy

People with disabilities face challenges with learning. From young to old, learning disabilities to dementia there are many, various reasons that can block, influence or change the way in which a person learns. Unlocking the key to the reason for each and everyone's ability to learn is about finding the method of learning that will work for the individual. Here are some methods of learning that might be helpful. The methods are as many and as varied as the challenges people face with learning.

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American Music Therapy Association AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession. The website explains Music Therapy in detail. There is also a tool to find a Music Therapist in your area.

Hopeful Aging is written by Dr John Zeisel who will be presenting his book around the country on local PBS stations. Hopeful Aging is a program that focuses on the journey of brain aging. It brings together proven strategies to help everyone get the most out of their later life by harnessing the lessons of neuroscience with a revolutionary learning technique called C-MAP. Utilizing the principles in Hopeful Aging, viewers will see how a different approach to dementia and Alzheimers can help create a life worth living until the very last days. The learning principles are worth reviewing for anyone who is interested in how we learn and how we can improve our learning no matter our journey in life. Check your local PBS station to see when it will aire in your community. For a preview go to Hopeful Aging

How to Get the Most out of Studying: A Video Series by Dr. Stephen Chew of Stamford University. This series is available at Stamford University and the brief videos are available also on YouTube Dr. Chew presents information on how our brains work to retain information. There is a rather involved part in which he explains that WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT when we are studying is most important to retaining information. Video 1 Beliefs That Make You Fail…Or Succeed explores beliefs students have about their learning that can undermine it and how to clear up those misconceptions. Video 2 What Students Should Understand About How People Learn and how to improve learning. Video 3 Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning explains four principles for students to develop learning strategies. Video 4 Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice and Video 5 I Blew the Exam, Now What? explains what not to do if you get a bad grade on an exam.

New Sign Music Therapy for children with disabilities and special needs from Family Fun. All children can be helped to learn to enjoy and become involved in music to some extent. Music therapy can be of inestimable value for children who have difficulties in hearing, seeing, moving, thinking or responding. A single instrument can possess qualities of sound and tone irresistible enough to reach a child in a direct, uncomplicated manner. Children who experience severe obstacles in forming relationships with other children, adults and their environment can achieve security and joy in making music. This article explores the different ways music can play a vital role in therapy. Therapeutically music can captivate attention, supports and encourages movement, it is easily adaptive and strengthens abilities and much more.

NOVA: School of the Future is a two-hour documentary produced by NOVA that aired September 14, 2016 on the Wisconsin Media Lab, PBS Learning Media website. The film examines challenges that many American students face in K–12 schooling and follows educators, neuroscientists, and psychologists, who are working to reimagine a more equitable future for education in the United States. The Educator guide outlines how the research f informs strategies and interventions that are helping to improve classroom pedagogy and school environments today. These approaches include frequent, low-stakes testing; mindfulness training; developing “grit” to boost academic performance; and engaging students through project-based learning. Educators and parents should check out the learning methods employed in these models.

Prelude Music Therapy is a website established by professional music therapists who have published products, songbooks, instructional books, tips and conduct workshops and trainings on Music Therapy. This page describes how Music Therapy is an effective therapeutic and educational tool for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Music therapy strategies can effect changes in skill areas important to people with -- for example -- mental retardation, autism-spectrum disorders, Rett Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, learning disabilities, attachment disorder, and cerebral palsy. Some of the primary applications are listed on this page. If you know or work with a person with developmental disabilities, think about his or her goals and see if these ideas might apply. Recommended music and instruments are available on this website. For more information, please start by sending an e-mail request to preludemusictherapy@gmail.com or calling 817-481-2323.

The Impact of Music Therapy on Disabled Children How Music Improves the Lives of Children with Disabilities by Christine Cradenza from Yahoo Voices is an article that explains how "Music therapy is a powerful tool among not only psychological and mental health professionals but also among physical medicine professionals.... Professionals today consider music therapy as a key alternative in treating illness and disease. As both an art and a science, music therapy lends its success in the ability to stimulate both the right and left brain, simultaneously. In studying physiology, we have learned the body, both physically as well as mentally, responds to the effects of music therapy when applied correctly, especially in children who are disabled."

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State Listings


Music Therapy of Alabama provides the following services:
- Adaptive piano lessons
- Individual and group music therapy sessions
- Program implementation and consulting
- Dance/movement classes for children with special needs
This Music Therapist is located in the Birmingham area.


Learning Through Play™ Center for Child Development Educational and Therapeutic Strategies for Children (birth to 5 years) of EB Pediatric Resources provides therapeutic classes and playgroups designed to help children experience separation in a gentle, supportive manner so that they can feel comfortable, have fun, and begin to learn skills in a group classroom setting. Fun play activities including imaginative play/art/music teach children functional communication skills, social skills, sensory organization and attention, and are designed and taught by experienced Developmental Therapists, Music Therapists, Licensed Counselors and Art Therapists. The groups are for children ages 2-4 years, based on developmental progress rather than chronological age. Our teachers and therapists focus on helping children organize, attend to verbal cues, and participate in structured activities for improving skills in communication, socialization, creativity & self-expression, rhythm & movement. The classes are particularly helpful for children who may still be learning language skills or have difficulty socializing with their peers. For more information, contact LTP at 633 W Addison, Chicago, Illinois or Tel: 312-458-9865 or Fax: 312-327-1516.


Harmony Music Studio customizes music therapy for children with unique needs such as autism, speech and developmental delay as pre-K advanced learners. Sessions address non-musical goals including speech, behavior and physical development. Children achieve progress through instrument play, singing movement and more! They also offer piano, guitar and flute lessons to help your child continue on the path of success. Harmony Music Studio is located at 2837 245th Pl SE, Sammamish, WA 98075, Phone: 425-623-9710 or send e-mail to info@harmonymusicstudionw.com or harmonymusicstudionw@gmail.com. Harmony Music Studio is conveniently located in Sammamish and provides Music Therapy for Seattle, Sammamish, Issaquah, Renton, Bellevue, Woodinville, Redmond and surrounding areas.


Music Therapy Services of Central Wisconsin LLC has provided Music Therapy services throughout Wausau, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and surrounding areas since 1999. Their research-based, outcome driven approach assists a variety of populations in home and community settings. They strive to improve the quality of life for those who are well in addition to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used to directly impact the brain to assist with rehabilitative, adaptive, and developmental goal areas. Music interventions are used to reach functional, nonmusical goals. Specific treatment techniques are chosen based on clinical and scientific evidence. Music may be used as an accommodation to improve motor functioning, speech and language skills, and/or cognition. For more information, send mail to: PO Box 86, Mosinee, WI 54455-0086, their studio is located at: 208 S Chestnut Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449?, Phone: 715-212-5086 or send e-mail to info@mtscw.com

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