Whichever way you choose, or whichever word you use, whether sung or spoken, every session I lead starts with this: "hi!" ("hello", "hi there", etc.). The idea to spell it while singing came organically during one such session, when one of my kiddos started doing so on his own. I've only used this in 1:1 sessions thus far but, when in a group, I plan to include letter cards for each individual to hold up and spell our greeting. It's a natural way to begin, because it's what we do when we meet friends, family, co-workers, or folks we meet for the first time. Within a music therapy setting, I'm using a song format to teach this social greeting, with the end goal of being able to fade the musical cue and appropriately initiate or reciprocate a spoken form of "Hi".
And as it turns out, there's a lot to welcome...
Hello, April. Our fourth month of the year is here, and we've definitely been ushered in with great weather. It's still hard to believe it's officially spring and we're on this page of the calendar already!
Hi, Autism Awareness Month. Today was the 5th World Autism Awareness Day, and organizations around the world took part in unique events to commemorate the event.
Hi there, new opportunities! Next Tuesday, I'll be the guest speaker on the radio program Dr. On Call. It airs on 99.3FM out of Lawrenceburg, Indiana from 6-6:30PM (EST). Music therapy- of course- is the topic, and I'll be giving listeners an introduction to the profession and sharing information about MT and special needs. An audio link will be available shortly following the live show.
Separately, on Saturday the 14th, I'll be taking part in the Autism Sports Day event at the TriHealth Fitness Pavillion in Cincinnati. From 12-12:30, demonstrations of music and movement will be available for participation.
Hello to you reading, especially if this is your first time visiting! I hope you find information provided to be useful and enjoy your time here.
Sing and Spell Hello
It's music time, you know
It’s so nice to see you today
So first we will spell and say: