Original Songs & Experiences

This song uses the metaphor of a bubble to start the conversation with children about boundaries. This song was created from the line "just because it's fun you doesn't always mean it's fun for your friends too", which is conversation adults often have to start with little ones (sometimes adults need that reminder too). We wanted to provide validating and helpful language for children regarding setting healthy boundaries within friendships, especially within play-based scenarios.

 

This experience has an interactive "yes and no" section that was added to invite your students to respond with their preferences to sensory-based activities, thus expressing their personal boundaries. We also incorporated multiple stop and go moments throughout the song, not only to provide the basic language needed for children to express their boundaries, but to also provide environmental changes in the music that could refocus the students' attention back to the song.

"Who's Behind the Mask?" by the BenAnna Band

 

Throughout the song, there are myriad opportunities for personal creative expression through movement and vocalization, especially during the monosyllabic, high-energy chorus section, legitimized through multiple repetitions. The clinical goal areas of this song also include the reinforcement/increase of cognitive skills such as color and shape recognition, autonomous body recognition/awareness, and following verbal/visual movement prompts.

 

Outside of the cognitive, expressive, and motor functioning goal aspects of this song experience, we are also seeking to provide an inclusive and diverse communal experience for children, who may recognize the “classroom-like” or “playground-like” on-screen environment provided by their peers (other children) dancing, inviting them to join in the experience. This camaraderie is further reinforced by the individual diversity of the children in the video, which features both typically-abled/neurotypical children and children with developmental differences.

"Shake, Shake, Shake and Stop" is a short orginial interactive instrument experience that we use in almost every performance and class.  Although short it works on a wide range of goal areas.

- Following directions (stop and go)

- Impulse control

- Self regulation with high affect experience

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