Book Review: Children’s Songs for Therapy

Book Title:  Children’s Songs for Therapy
By:  Rachel See, MA, MT-BC
Review By: Jena H. Casbon


Music therapy has long been proven to be extremely beneficial for children with a variety of special needs. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive songbook, complete with music, lyrics and activities to motivate your kiddos and give you some new ideas, look no further. I’ve got the perfect new resource for you.

Who is Rachel See ?  Music therapist, private practice owner and author behind

Star Rating: 5 Stars!

What it includes:

  • 108 page eBook
  • Handouts and activity sheets to accompany the eBook
  • Access to a “Members-Only” area with videos, music downloads and additional materials

What I loved about it:
The variety! You can use this songbook with clients of various ages, skill levels and needs. For example, there are songs for: speech/language/hearing, cognition/academics, movement, emotion/behavior/social and feeding/eating among others. You could literally use this song book with nearly every child you work with. I plan to!

What makes Rachel’s eBook unique?
Children’s Songs for Therapy is truly all-encompassing. Many times I find that therapists get overwhelmed by having too many materials. This is a one-stop-shop resource to use over and over again; without getting dull.

Another unique aspect of this eBook was the overall design and layout. Austin, Texas (where Rachel is based out of) is known for being fun and funky. The colors and images are warm, inspiring and intelligent: just as I imagine Rachel to be in real life.

Best of the best?
The members-only area! Listen and watch as your eBook comes to life with additional audio and video files. Rachel has recorded herself performing most of the songs so that you can get tips and ideas on how to integrate them into your practice. There are also visuals of how to use the activities to their fullest. A fantastic addition for both the novice and seasoned clinician alike, the members-only area is sure to delight and inspire you!

Are you interested in extending your repertoire of children’s songs or looking for new ideas on how to use old favorites? Children’s Songs for Therapy gives you the songs, lyrics, visuals and activity sheets to help your pediatric population flourish. Rachel is a seasoned music therapist who has successfully created a valuable resource to add to your “bag of tricks.” If you’re looking for new songs as well as new ideas for you classic favorites, check out Rachel See’s: Children’s Songs for Therapy. It is available on her website,

Featured Contributors: Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP and Sarah Castro, MSPT

Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP and Sarah Castro, MSPT are private speech and physical therapists based in New Orleans, LA. In their spare time, they teach SLP’s, OT’s and PT’s how to achieve their dream of starting a part-time private practice on Follow the link to learn more about starting your own private therapy business.


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School Psychology Corner: My Reports are my Lasting Legacy

[Source:  the Burgeoning School Psychologist]


There’s a student in my school right now whose behavior is eliciting panicked reactions from teachers and support staff alike and rightfully so. This poor kiddo is currently experiencing massive withdrawal symptoms from not taking his prescribed medication while simultaneously trying to adapt to a new school setting. Once I heard this student’s name, I raced to my computer to look up his records. I was aiming for either my report on him (depending on when I wrote it) or the notes from our team meeting.  Why the caveats in my search? Well approximately 3 years into my career as a school psychologist, I learned that I spent an awful lot of energy trying to explain the evaluations I used in layman’s language, rather than telling people what I learned about the student I was testing and what was important about what I learned.  Even now, I still come across reports where there is such lack of information about the actual student that I cringe.  So I head to the team meeting notes, where the note taker has accurately captured all my thoughts about the kiddo down onto a page.  After going through the motions for a little while, it occurred to me, why can’t my report resemble the notes?  Why couldn’t my report reflect my voice, my tone and my feelings?  Why did it have to be so stuffy?

At first, when I became a psychologist, I know that I was incredibly intimidated by my job. In my neck of the woods, despite what I learned in school, everyone looked to me and my report to be final confirmation of student’s eligibility for special education services. I wanted to sound credible and trust-worthy, so I made sure my reports sounds very official. Then later on, I moved on to a role where I was inundated with evaluations.  I gave the

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SLP Corner: Introducing Speech Therapy Students to the Idea of Speaking on the School’s Loudspeaker


by Erik X. Raj

One of my most favorite things about being a school-based speech-language pathologist is that at the start of each school day, you usually get to hear some morning announcements on the loudspeaker. And those morning announcements, they’re usually done by students. For example, if you work in an elementary or middle school, you might hear a boy saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Or you might hear a girl announcing the daily lunch menu. Or maybe you might hear students announcing a rundown of what after-school activities are scheduled for that particular day. The list goes on and on with how school-settings choose to utilize their loudspeaker as an awesome provider of school-related info and happenings.

How about getting your students in on the loudspeaker fun?

Last year, I had a fantastic middle school student who loved all things related to the weather. On any given day, he would be able to tell you the expected temperatures for the week. Was it going to be sunny? Was it going to be snowy? If you needed that information, he had ya covered! This future meteorologist genuinely enjoyed sharing this type of useful news with anyone who wanted to know. So it just made sense when

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Literacy Corner: 20 Questions/Answers about Dyslexia That Teachers Can Use

[Source:  Reading Rockets]


Dyslexia often is confusing for parents and teachers as the manner in which it presents can differ widely among children and youths. Dyslexia can go undetected for a long time, but it is neurologically based, known to be inherited, and will not be outgrown. Once students fall behind, their problems connected with reading, writing, and spelling can become complicated by negative feelings that affect their self-esteem. Based on the article, “20 Things Only Parents Of Children With Dyslexia Would Understand,” posted on the Massachusetts-based Health Cares Solutions Plus* website, I came up with twenty questions. Teachers can use these to reflect on, evaluate and craft their current practice so that their instruction becomes the best possible for students who struggle due to dyslexia.

These are by no means the only questions that need answers about instructing students with dyslexia, but they are a start and can chart a course correction. The Questions with a link to the answers:

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Hot Job! Contract School SLP – Denver, CO


We have a great public school job opportunity in the Denver, CO area for a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist. They boast a team of professionals who need to add an SLP team member for the 2015-2016 school year. The Speech-Language Pathologist selected will be working with high school aged children at one school site. The candidate must be able/willing to supervise an SLPA for two days per week and provide a variety of services to students with varying needs from significant supports to mild/moderate. School experience is preferred. We need someone as soon as possible!

Qualifications: Must hold a Master’s Degree in either Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders; a current Colorado license (or eligible)

Pediatric therapy is our specialty – and our expertise is backed by excellent hourly rates and per diem offered based upon IRS eligibility. Our management team provides 24/7-telephone support to our therapists – you are not alone when you are on assignment with us! In addition, we provide Clinical Coordinators to assist our therapists in managing their caseloads effectively. Our Clinical Coordinators are experienced therapists who have excelled within their profession and are able to help you succeed on our team. Respond now and learn how YOU can be a part of our team! There is never a charge to applicants and new grads are always encouraged to apply.

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