January 7, 2020
Guided therapeutic music creation and experiences can help both children and adults on the autism spectrum with social, physical, emotional, verbal, and cognitive skill sets. Music engages one’s curiosity and inner motivation, resulting in increased attention span, social bonds, and deeper integration of skills. Interventions address crossing the midline, cathartic release of emotion, auditory defensiveness, prosody of speech, and more. Receive 50% off Rooted in Music relaxation package, created for those on the autism spectrum, and also popular with neuro-typical people of all ages in schools, senior centers, dental clinics, and harm reduction addiction facilities.
Esther Thane has specialized for over 20 years in the field of Autism and special needs. She spent 14 years on the faculty of Capilano University, teaching in the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program. She created Meet In The Music (MITM) music therapy curriculum for children with autism, which is utilized by music therapists throughout the United States and Canada. Esther is currently Executive Director of ET Music Therapy in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- The Meet In The Music music therapy covers the following skill domains: Cognition, Communication, Physical, Social, and Emotional. A multitude of music therapy interventions/activities are used to target developmental goals and objectives, from impulse control and self regulation, to crossing the midline, prosody of speech & auditory discrimination skills.
- Occupational Octaves Piano program is an adapted piano instruction program for special needs children. It utilizes a color ring system to enhance body-mind connection.
- Esther’s publication in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), focuses on her innovative method of Vocal-Led Relaxation for Children with Autism.
- ET Music Therapy implements the MITM program with over 90 families in two studio locations, in schools, and in homes.
- Esther presents at conferences, writes book reviews for published journals, holds workshops for universities, local agencies and abroad.
- Esther mentions the importance to Gabby Giffords of music therapy in re-learning to speak. (Listen to our interview with Giffords’ music therapist, Maegan Morrow, in Episode 4: Music Rewires the Brain.)
- Below is the video we reference, with Esther demonstrating a special call-and-response conversation and affirmation with a sweet little kiddo:
Esther describes her Rooted in Music relaxation package, and offers 50% off to listeners (regular price is $19.95). Created for those on the autism spectrum, these recordings are also popular with neuro-typical people of all ages in schools, senior centers, dental clinics, and harm reduction addiction facilities. They are especially helpful for bedtime, transitions, and stress reduction.
The package includes several mp3 files:
- 5-minute version (played as this episode’s Coda)
- 10-minute version
- 20-minute transition version
- 20-minute fall asleep version.
Go to Rooted in Music Relaxation Recordings, add to cart, and use promo code MEETINTHEMUSIC for 50% off.
- Meet In The Music therapy program
- Occupational Octaves Special-Needs-User-Friendly Music Education Method
- ET Music Therapy
- Facebook: @ET Music Therapy
- Instagram: etmusictherapy
- Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers): Esther is a contributing author
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