Free App Fridays: Sidekicks

I'm really excited about today's post. This app is one of the reasons I wanted to do this Free App Friday Series-- because there are some truly amazing resources out there that I want people to hear about. If you've been reading the blog, you might remember the name Ron Suskind, who wrote Life, Animated? He was a keynote speaker at the UVU Conference on Autism in 2017. I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly about an app that he helped pioneer, based on the experiences Ron Suskind had with his son Owen, who has autism. Sidekicks allows kids with autism to have conversations with a digital avatar, combined with videos that connect to their interests. I could explain more about how it

Autism and Music Therapy

There might not be an aspect of music therapy more thoroughly researched than music therapy with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disord

Free App Fridays: Blowgical Melodica

Welcome to the first Aim High Music Therapy Free App Friday! I'm a big believer in using technology, as a therapist and as a business owner (and as a person who is prone to forgetfulness. My smartphone is basically my external brain.) So I'm always looking for new apps and tools that I can use. My idea is to share some of these apps with you. Some of them are apps that are used for functional skills or education (ie an app for helping kids with autism develop social skills, or an app for learning to play the piano), some of them are apps that I use in music therapy sessions, some of them are just odds and ends that I think could be useful for the types of people that read this blog. I'll try

On The Spectrum: A Documentary

Our post on autism and music therapy is coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a recent documentary with you. On the Spectrum is a half hour documentary made by KUED about the experience of Utah families dealing with Autism. It aired on tv already, but if you click the link (or the above image) it will take you to a place where you can watch the video online, as well as some bonus interview videos with Temple Grandin, and a long list of local autism resources. Check it out! #autism

About Autism

First, I'd like to apologize for the recent radio silence. Long story short, there's been some personal situations keeping me a bit busier than usual. But we're back in time for Autism Awareness Month (or at least the second half of it) Like with cerebral palsy, this first post is intended more for those who aren't familiar with the disorder at all (though it still might have some interest for other readers). Next time I'll talk about how music therapy can be used to treat autism. I think I'll break up the "resources" section into two posts, though-- because if you thought the Cerebral Palsy Resources list was long then you haven't seen anything yet. I've got a few other projects underway th

Cerebral Palsy, Part Three: Other Resources

This is the third of a three part series of cerebral palsy. The first post, available here, describes cerebral palsy. The second post discusses how music therapy can be used to treat cerebral palsy. This post, intended towards individuals who have cerebral palsy and their families, lists some online and local resources. I realize that March (and thus Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month) is actually over-- unfortunately we've been having some technical difficulties. Also, this post ended up being a bit of a monster. But we are finally live! Anyway, the following are some resources I've found for individuals who have cerebral palsy and their families. None of these companies or organizations is cur

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