In this issue of Perspectives, we are pleased to feature articles by Dr. Shelly Cooper of Arizona State University and a team of psychologist/researchers, Drs. Angie Elizandro, Ron Bramlett, and René Crow. In her article, “Bringing Ring Around the Rosy Into the Living Room,” Dr. Cooper stresses the importance of and gives specific examples for music-making activities that children and their parents can do together at home. She reminds us that “collaborative music-making” between a child and his/her parent or primary caregiver within the home can have a lasting and positive effect on the child’s overall development.
Psychologist Dr. Angie Elizandro (Life Strategies Counseling, Inc.), along with Dr.Ron Bramlettand Dr. René Crow from the University of Central Arkansas, report on their recent study examining the use of social stories as an intervention with preschool children who exhibited ADHD, hyperactive-impulsive type behaviors. The researchers were particularly interested in knowing what effect, if any, sung social stories versus read social stories would have on the hyperactive-impulsive behaviors and helping behaviorsof the children participating in the study. Their discussion of the study’s outcomes and its implications for the field offers early childhood educators an interesting look into the development and use of music-based interventions for young children diagnosed with ADHD, hyperactive-impulsive type behaviors.
Also in this issue, Hannah Gruber shares her insights on the importance of encouraging “music babble” in very young children. In her research review, Dr. Judith Sullivan examines a recent study by Boucher and Ryan (2011) that investigated the effects of performance stress on young children. Dr. Rick Townsend reviews a new and important book for early childhood music and movement educators entitled Learning From Young Children, edited by Suzanne Burton and Cynthia Taggart. Additionally, ECMMA members can access an extended version of Dr. Townsend’s review of the Burton and Taggart book by going to ecmma.org and clicking on the Winter 2012 Issue.
Angela Barker, PhD