Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Education - 192 pages

Music is a powerful means of engaging children with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down's Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This lively music activity book shows how music can be an effective and enjoyable way to enhance the education and development of children with special needs.

Packed with inspiring tips, activities and song ideas, this practical resource will have everybody singing, clapping and playing along! It explains simple and fun ways of using songs, instruments and musical games to connect with children of all levels of ability, and includes helpful rhythm worksheets and sheet music. There is a wide range of suggestions for songs and activities that encourage communication, increase self-esteem, stimulate fine and gross motor skills and motor coordination, and promote relaxation.

This book of toe-tapping music activities is a must-have for parents, teachers, caregivers, music therapists and anybody else working with children with developmental disabilities.


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I have read enough of this book to know that it would help special people with high IQ as well as people who struggle with lower IQ. I found this book appealing, innovative and helpful to teaching autoharp. I have been teaching autoharp for over 10 years and playing autoharp for 42 years.


How to Use This Book
Song Games
Playing Instruments
Creating Your Own Rhythm Bag
Instrument Games
Rhythm Activities
Using Music to Identify Feelings and Emotions
Moving to Music
Learning Musical Concepts
Quiet Time Activities
Sheet Music

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Pamela Ott has over 20 years of experience using Music Therapy in the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities, including working as the Director of Music Therapy at the UCP of Southern Arizona. She has released nine albums of music for use with children with special needs, and she writes a popular blog at She resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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