A Challenge to you, Music Therapist

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**Please note: I write this specifically to music therapists, because I *am* a music therapist (MT-BC). However, I believe the ideas in this post are valuable to anyone - professionals, parents, self-advocates, lay-persons alike.** Some autism related topics have been coming up a lot lately in our MT forums. I thought I'd take the time to address several crucial topics in one blog post, and will be sharing … [Read more...]

How I feel about asking for your money

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Sunny and I posted this video for Giving Tuesday a few weeks ago, and since then we've been pretty quiet about asking for tax-deductible donations, despite the fact that we finally got our 501c3 back in July and should probably be asking away. As Director of The Musical Autist, I'm just not sure I want to be *that* kind of nonprofit that is constantly begging for money. I don't know about you, but my inbox and … [Read more...]

#AMTA14 Digital Handout

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Many thanks to our colleagues who attended our presentation at American Music Therapy Association national conference. We were glad to be in the main ballroom area to accommodate such a large crowd, though certainly found it a challenge to be in a room directly next door to the Arthur Hall drum circle!! Nonetheless, we believe the session was profitable to many and our mission was accomplished - to raise … [Read more...]

Teaching Music Therapists About Neurodiversity

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Hi everyone, this is CJ, I just want to get the word out that I'll be presenting next week at the American Music Therapy Association national conference. My session is entitled "Presuming Competence in our Clients" and I'll be co-presenting with Dr. Blythe LaGasse and Casey DePriest, MT-BC on Friday, Nov. 7th from 2-3:30pm. Dr. LaGasse is associate professor of music therapy at Colorado State University. She … [Read more...]

Our First Official Fundraiser – SUCCESS!!

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Hello dear Musical Autist fans! This is CJ, and I'm happy to report that I ran 26.2 miles yesterday in the Baltimore Marathon and I'm actually feeling pretty okay today!  Honestly, I'm not really that hardcore of a runner, the only reason I committed to this was to raise support for ideas that I believe in with all my heart = Sensory Friendly Concerts (SFCs) & The Musical Autist. Three years ago, I ran my … [Read more...]