I read this article a few months ago and often return to the AutismAsperger.net website as a great resource of information.  According to his bio, Dr. Stephen Shore was diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and was recommended for institutionalization.  Thankfully, through friends, family, teachers and many others he is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.  If you

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The Mom Con: a conference for moms to be inspired, become empowered, get connected. M3 Music Therapy is proud to be part of The Mom Con taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 8:30-5:00 pm at the Doubletree by the Hilton in Greentree. Our lives are endlessly busy and often filled with taking care of others’ needs and putting our own on the back burner.  The Mom Con is a conferenced designed to inspire and empower

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Today is a turn-around day for the M3 Music Therapy Blog...I'm actually going to write one. Hopefully, you will see more postings in the future but I do want to wait until I have something worth saying...and today...I do. I titled this blog "Jumpin' for Joy" because that's how I'm feeling.  M3 Music Therapy has been up and running for over a year and a half.  More people in the area are becoming familiar with

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Last week I had a chance to sit down with Andy Mulkerin, music editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper and talk about music therapy.  He had great questions which turned into a terrific article.  This resulted in "Music therapists do a lot more than sing" an informative and educational article helping to spread the word about music therapy. Click for a PDF version of the article:

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Every time I give a presentation or ask someone if they have heard of music therapy I am so grateful that the response is typically “yes.”  This is leagues ahead of the general public awareness 10 years ago. My followup question is “Do you know what music therapy is?”  That’s when I get the blank look, fewer hands are raised, or just the simple answer of “no.”  Personally, I love that answer as educating and

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Today I was doing research for materials for caregivers and the holidays and ‘rediscovered’ the article 8 Tips for a Great Holiday Season at the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, a website I highly recommend. The article is a sensitive and very helpful article on ways to decrease stress and increase meaningful moments with your loved one living with memory loss.

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...A website worth knowing ZeroToThree.org is a website you need to know about if you have anything to do with babies and toddlers - parent, teacher, grand-parent, caregiver, nanny. Their mission is “to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.” At ZeroToThree they have a plethora of resources and a specific area for parents/caregivers. Take a few minutes and check out the brochure “Everyday ways to Support Your Baby’s and

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Exciting news about the Musical Pacifier.  While I have never seen one in action I remember learning about them in school and was fascinated and thrilled at what an important role music can play in helping premature babies.  I hope you will be just as intrigued. Florida State University has announced the availability of a new medical device that uses musical lullabies to help premature babies overcome one of their greatest growth hurdles.  The innovative

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It took awhile for 5-year-old Tristan to do something as simple as say "hello," but with the help of music therapy, he learned to say "hello" and "goodbye." In fact, the repetition of songs helps children with autism learn to talk. That's something Tristan couldn't do at age three. Read

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Every music therapist spends a portion of each day explaining and describing music therapy, it is a daily adventure and a joy when the listener understands.  Music therapist Steffi Tassos-Wohlsifer provides this refreshing answer to the question "What is Music Therapy?" When I told my lifelong friend and song-writing partner Nelson that I had become a board-certified music therapist, he enthusiastically replied, "Wow, Stef, that's great! … Um, what exactly is music therapy?" Read

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