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Knowing When We’re Not the Right Fit

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Someone asked me a while ago about some of the children with special needs in their music group. They wanted some advice as to how to work with them with their sessions. After listening for a while and asking a bunch of questions I gave them my final answer: these children were not ready to be in a group with their “typical” peers.

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while you are probably gasping in shock as you already know my stance of including as many kids with

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Reflexes Are Not Just For Infants 1

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!  with Eve Kodiak and Linda Ugelow, principal dancer with Libana, comes April 17-19 to Rowe Camp in Western MA for a whole weekend workshop of reflex integration, guided movement to world music, discussion, reflection, walks in the woods and excellent meals.

Children are not separate from their parents. A baby is carried in the womb, then carried in arms, then walked by the hand, and finally carried in energy and thoughts and feelings for ever after.

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These Legs Were Made For Crawling

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I found one of my clients waiting for me, standing up on his mom’s lap as she held his hands. “He only wants to stand now,” she told me. Which would be fine if he were a year old. But this little boy was somewhere between six and eight months old.

Babies often want to be up on their legs. It’s natural; that’s what the big people do, and that is where the action is! And who wants to disappoint a baby? And we have a tendency to think of “precocious” behavior as a good thing.

But

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Squirmy Wormies!

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Tis the season! Tis the season for kids to start feeling antsy from being inside too long. We all know that kids are really movers and shakers, but some times we really need them to sit, focus, and listen as well. Here are a few ideas to make your sessions a little less squirmy.

Interval Work: As a runner one of the things I do is intervals. I run at one pace for a while and then step it up for a while before returning to the original pace.  This can go on for miles. Kids can do well with

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Advocating to Ourselves: What Keeps Us In It?

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Following is an article that I wrote for The Wisconsin School Musician a few years ago, during a time of great change in our state's educational system - change that would eventually impact many, if not most, state school systems throughout the United States. As I reflect back on the fear and frustrations that public school teachers faced at the time, I am reminded that there are few times in which there is not some serious challenge to our ability to share the gifts that we so sincerely seek

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Melanie’s Cave

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I observed the fascination in the infants’ eyes as they reached, mouths wide open, for the bubbles drifting to the carpet. Their coordination improved as the game continued and their verbal expressions changed with the events of each succeeding moment. Now and then, one would look toward a caregiver and deliver a vocalic statement that left little doubt as to its meaning. Often, as we sing and chant to the infants, it seems that their babble represents a special kind of counterpoint – even if

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Embracing Generosity

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As I mentioned in my last post, I recently moved across the country. We’re settling in to our new “digs” and making the connections needed to move forward in creating the fulfilling practice I want to develop here.

During this process I have been overwhelmed with the offers from others to help us. Folks are offering to loan us tools, supplies, whatever to take care of things in our new home. Folks are offering to introduce us to people who can guide us to ideal jobs (for my husband) and

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Experiencing Holiday Overwhelm

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As I spend the last full day in my home in the Chicago area I am acutely aware of how many of my kids must feel this time of year. My schedule is “off”, I can’t find any of my things, I have too many commitments in too many places, and many of the people around me are voicing their feelings and appear concerned that mine don’t match.

Scheduling: We’re generally creatures of habit. We like consistency. Even in my “no two days are alike” world, there is some routine to it which makes me

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Families for the Holidays!

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'Tis the season for all kinds of merriment. It may also be a time of year when family dynamics take center stage when they decide to attend our classes and sessions or in our attempts to share the awesomeness of our kids in performances. Here are a few ways to get through without others stealing your joy!

Set Limits: I’ll be honest. I’m not as good at setting limits with the adults in my life as I am with the kids, but when it comes to my music events I’m not as shy in stating what I want

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Running Meridians, Feeling Calm: The Theory

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/789773http://  is coming back Saturday, Jan 10 to Bedford, MA. A day for personal growth through music and movement, journaling and conversation, based on reflex integration techniques.

Most of us have heard the term “meridian” as used in acupuncture or acupressure, but most of us have a hard time actually knowing what it is! That is one of the difficulties when we try to overlay an ancient eastern system onto a

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