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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    Author Cynthia Colwell

    By Cynthia M. Colwell, PhD, MT-BC
    Associate Professor of Music Therapy
    University of Kansas

    Three-year old Timothy enters the sanctuary with his parents, sister, and brother as the Praise Team begins rehearsal. While he is surrounded by music throughout his day, and even seems to have an unusually developed sense of rhythm, his reaction when the Praise Team starts is consistent each week. He sits on the front pew with his hands cupped over his ears in an effort to reduce the auditory input entering his system, all while moving to the present beat. This same child is often found toe-walking, a behavior typically resolved by this age. In addition, he becomes almost panic-stricken when his parents start clipping his toenails. Timothy was born 7 ½ weeks premature and while he is developmentally on target, there are isolated signs of sensory integration challenges (specifically…

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