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Mini Music Session

Miss Amanda has another mini music session to share! And since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we are especially loving “It’s Okay Not to be Okay”

– Hello (with scavenger hunt)

 

– Snail and Mouse:

 

– 5 Green and Speckled Frogs:

 

– Play the Drum:

 

– It’s Okay Not to Be Okay:

 

– Ili Ili Tulog Anay:
– Goodbye (with scavenger hunt):

 

Music Therapy on Soundcloud

Music therapy is fun for everyone and familiarity can be soothing in a time of uncertainty.┬á That’s why we are so excited that Easterseals music therapist Amanda is sharing some of her songs on Soundcloud. The songs can be played through the website or app and she has made them available for download.

Grab the kids and have fun with a little music therapy!

 

 

Music Therapy with Sabrina

For so many of the kids, and in all honesty, most of the adults, music therapy is one of the most favorite parts of the day! As a result, it is one of the things we are missing most, so we are so grateful that Sabrina put some music therapy online for us.

In this series, she takes us from “hello” to “goodbye”, they are in order of a music therapy session, so that might be a fun way to start. If you really want to get the full experience, make a shaker to go along with the shaky song. Sabrina recommends a plastic container filled with something from around the house that will make a shaking sound. Her example is one with oats and one with lentils. Have fun with it a get creative!

Hello Song / Old Oak Tree

Body Rock

Shake, Shake

Breathing Song

Goodbye Song

Shout Out to our Physical Therapist Alex

by Nequetta Alfred

Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) are aware of the joy they bring to children and families who achieve great strides even under difficult circumstances. Pediatric PT’s find creative ways and techniques to work with our kiddos who struggle with walking, running, or even jumping. Alex is one of our amazing PT’s at Easterseals who invests her sessions into each child by developing that one to one relationship with the goal of reaching maximum potential. She is patient with our children and consults with all team members involved including our teachers, teacher assistant’s, personal care assistants (PCA’s), behavior therapists, nurses, and the entire team at Easterseals.

Every week she is on time for classroom meetings which start as early as 8:15 am and she is consistent in reaching out to the team to assure an holistic approach. She works well with anyone who comes in contact with and our kiddos love the fun and joy she brings to each session. We see positive results when our therapist are just as excited to work with our kids. If you see Alex please give her a high five or hug for a well done job on simply being amazing at what she does.

During the session in the picture the student received a ride from the PT room back to the classroom while stretching her muscles which was quite funny to the student. The PCA (Tama) was very helpful in assuring safety and consistency with the sessions. One thing we know at Easterseals is a framework that’s built on teamwork surely gets results with the kids who are near and dear to our hearts. It’s so cool to see kids return to class happy and ready for their next session. The student transitioned straight to music and had a great day throughout the remainder of the day. The students day may have started with her teacher or PCA, but clearly ends with understanding it takes a village to keep those beautiful smiles in place while assuring our therapeutic goals are being met.

 
Health conditions that pediatric physical therapists address include:
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Scoliosis
  • Developmental delays and movement disorders resulting from premature birth
 
Resources for parents with kids with PT’s: