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Book Review: Children's Songs for Therapy

Book Title:  Children’s Songs for Therapy
By:  Rachel See Smith, 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 Smith?  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 Smith’s: Children’s Songs for Therapy. It is available on her website,
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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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