Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, established to provide a network of communication, encourage teacher development, and advocate education of parents, classroom teachers and administrators.

 

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  • Book Review: Wolfberg, P. J. (2009). Play and imagination in children with autism (2nd Edition).

    Author Nita Baxani

    “Paucity of spontaneous play is a distinct characteristic of autism, one not easily disentangled from cognitive, social, and affective aspects of the disorder” (Wolfberg, 2009, p. 2).

    I am regularly captivated by and in awe of the music making of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In my own research, I have become interested in the peer relationships that are connected through music. While Pamela Wolfberg’s book, Play and Imagination in Children with Autism is not related directly to music, this story of the journey of three children with autism provided insights into my own practice in how music is a pathway for expression. Instrument exploration, for instance, provides a musical space where children can be allowed to find their own voice within the collective during their musical play. This is similar to how the author depicts guided participation as ensuring that children find their own niche within a…

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