Board certified music therapist with a private practice in
Shoreline WA serving children with autism and other
developmental delays. She gives in-services to music educators on effective ways
to reach and teach their students with special needs and
also provides programs for schools, parks and recreation,
What role does music play in your work?
"Music therapy is my
training, which is the evidence-based profession of using
music as a tool to address motor, communication, cognitive,
What is the one thing you want people to know about singing
with young children?
"The singing voice is a very nurturing thing. It can
stimulate and activate at the
same time! There is no better tool for connection, learning
and therapy. "
1. Sally Go Round the Sun
About the Song: There is
a delightful pause before the word “BOOM” or “WHEE” and the
child will begin to anticipate with pleasure that the
surprise is coming! On “boom” can be a gesture, a squeeze,
an instrument noise, a movement. You can teach the children
about what a chimney pot is.
Personal Comment: Just
have fun with this! How children respond, why it’s fun. This
is what will make people want to use this song!
2. Oh, John the Rabbit
About the Song: There is
the opportunity in this song to feel a repetitive pattern,
the phrase ends with “Oh Yes” or “Yes, Mam” depending on
your version. That “Oh Yes” rhythm pattern can be clapped,
patted, played on an
instrument, and certainly sung immediately. There is an
entire story about a
farmer who has a rabbit bothering him by eating his
vegetables. You can
substitute names of any vegetables you want and find
pictures of them.
"OH YES" can be communicated in sign
We Do with the Baby-O
About the Song: A
game that can be played with this song is to have a blanket
that is wrapped around the child who is “IT” and then that
child walks in the middle of the circle and wraps it around
a child of his/her choosing.
Wrapping it tightly is an effective sensory integration
experience for some children with processing disorder.
4. Today is Monday
About the Song Plastic
food toys or pictures of food can be selected by the
children to go with the days of the week. Echoing phrases is
a fun – but in this song it would involve asking the
question, “Did you bring?” and answering it with “Yes I
Personal Comment: It is
fun to know the history of this song – is was sung by
soldiers in WWI with the limited foods they were offered.
5. Allison's Camel
About the Song: A good song for introducing
subtraction. There is a predictable rhythm pattern on the
BOOM BOOM BOOM and also where the number of humps is sung,
that can be tapped, played on a rhythm instrument,
communicated with sign language, and picked up easily for
Children love this song! A fun visual can be made with humps
that can be folded back, so children can see how numbers get