Intentionally creating opportunities for humour in music therapy sessions for children with autism

Make it fun!

Welcome to this engaging and practical tutorial about FUN!

Would you like to bring more fun, creativity and humour to your sessions for children with autism?

Would you like to help your students reduce their anxiety and help them connect socially with others?

Then you're in the right place!

This is an engaging and practical tutorial full of strategies and methods designed to encourage your students to experiment with surprise, change, creativity and communication.

All while having a laugh!

Because humour is not only fun - it is also a powerful therapeutic tool.

Humour helps children build connection and social relating skills, develops confidence, and helps reduce anxiety. By creating an environment where nothing is wrong and everything is welcome children with autism can feel less anxious and more confident to give things a go.

Working together in school settings for many years, Ann & Janet bring their own well-developed sense of fun to this tutorial and show you how easy it is to incorporate humour into your own sessions.

They present a range of techniques that successfully encourage humour, such as props and visuals, manipulating music techniques, slapstick, exaggeration and incongruity. Also included in the tutorial are several video examples illustrating how Ann & Janet have used these techniques in the special school setting.

So if you're working with children with autism and would like to bring more joy and connection to your sessions, then this tutorial is for you.

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Janet has a Bachelor of Music Education and for the last 35 years has specialised in early childhood music education, after working intensively with Richard Gill during her initial degree and in London. Janet is the Coordinator of the long running early childhood music education "ChiME" program at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, having developed and taught a number of programs there.

Janet has also lectured for the ECE degree at the University of Wollongong for over 10 years, she has a Masters Of Creative Music Therapy, receiving the Deans Medal for her studies. She has been working with children on the autism spectrum for many years, as a teacher and a music therapist and has just started working with Sing&Grow in the Illawarra. Janet also runs a community choir, loves to dance and plays drums in the street band "Les Femmes Fatales".

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Ann Lehmann-Kuit (RMT) is a registered music therapist, teacher, performer and event organiser. She is an engaging facilitator and has a passion for connecting through music and inspiring children and adults to become empowered, flexible and creative musicians. Ann has gained a Master of Creative Music Therapy (with Distinction). She is a casual lecturer in the Masters of Creative Music Therapy Course at WSU and the UOW music undergraduate degree.

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