According to the American Music Therapy Association, “music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and abilities within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.”
Stop! Go! is an entertaining game for both young and old. Adding music, especially your favorite holiday carols, can make for an enjoyable game. Use this activity to promote movement and improve attentiveness. Switch it up and take turns being the DJ for a fun twist!
This activity promotes physical strength and coordination while increasing attentiveness to auditory stimulation.
This activity promotes cognitive processing, autonomy and relaxing sounds for listening to springtime all year.
This activity promotes physical strength and coordination, while also implements cognitive task and self-expression through changes in the song.
This project utilizes a familiar melody in conjunction with scarves for sensory stimulation, to increase movement in upper extremities, and to provide opportunities for vocalization/ verbalization through singing and movement. It is a good activity for ages 18 months - 6 years.
This project provides an opportunity for silly songwriting using common animals to promote engagement and encourage identification of animals and associated sounds. It is a good activity for ages 5 - 12 years.
This project provides an opportunity for control and choice in identifying and determining movements and actions through a familiar song It is a good activity for ages 2 - 7 years.
This project provides sensory stimulation through the use of the cabasa. The cabasa is rolled across the child’s arms and legs for tactile stimulation. The lyrics reflect the movement of the cabasa and body parts while also providing the opportunity for choice. This can also be used for distraction or relaxation. It is a good activity for children up to 10 years.
This is a relaxation activity to draw attention to breathing patterns to slow respiration/heart rate and decrease anxiety, pain, or agitation and to teach possible coping strategy to utilize when needed. It is a good activity for children of all ages.
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Note: Although the activities in this toolkit were created by a music therapist for the purpose of promoting active musical engagement among families and healthcare providers with regard for the palliative care patients they serve, these activities are not a substitute for music therapy. If you have any questions about these activities, please contact your child’s health care provider.
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