Music, Art, and Movement

Activities for Kids: Rhythm and Movement

What some people don’t necessarily know about movement activities is that they not only aid fine and gross motor development, but also stimulate attention, cooperation, sensory processing, visual skills, speech and language development, and impulse control.  For a parent of a special needs child, you know it is important to integrate all of these skills and help your child be the best he can be, and it’s incredible to know that rhythm and movement activities can help aid your child in so many areas. <

Comedy Improv Event for Young Adults

Advance LA is holding a comedy event for young adults ages 18 and up -- experienced improv teachers will focus on improv and public speaking skills such as: 

  • Projection
  • Enunciation
  • Stage Composition & Direction
  • Improvisation
  • Exercise facial expressions & Body language
  • Character Creation & Development
  • Develop Stage Presence
  • Develop Chemistry with acting partners
  • Learn to listen & respond naturally in an unnatural settin
Musical Emotions: Insights Into Autism

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Activities for Special Needs Children: Expression Through Dance

For children with special needs such as sensory processing disorder, autism, or other socio-emotional or physical difficulties, enjoyable activities might be few and far between.  Children with these needs might have a list of symptoms, including poor attention, difficulty interacting with peers, limited body awareness, or trouble being in social situations that might be over stimulating.  Expression through dance or participating in group movement are activities for special needs children that can h

Easy Children&#039;s Songs to Learn on Guitar

Anyone who has taken a guitar lesson or picked up the instrument knows it’s not necessarily an easy one to play.  Many people have dreams of being a rock star, and with two chords, you can be a rock star for children.

Music Appreciation for Every Need

The American Youth Symphony performed their first of three concerts in the Elfman Project, a series that features the work of beloved film composer Danny Elfman.  The audience was a varied group of AYS members, the player’s families, UCLA alum, fellow composers, and Elfman fans.

KiD&#039;n TOGETHER: Making Music and Building Community


Alex & Ben, The Meisel Brothers

Making Music and Building Community that is Special-Needs-Connected

Songwriting for Children with Autism

I hadn’t written a single song in my life when I decided to become a music therapist, nor did I have plans to do so.  But plans change, especially when I started working with children who were diagnosed with autism.

Teaching Special Needs Kids to Swim

Teaching kids with special needs to swim is not only a good idea, it’s essential.  Swimming lessons help kids with special needs in a number of key areas, including greater muscle strength and physical endurance, increased flexibility, more self-control, and, in many instances, improved behavioral outcomes.

Sports Programs for Special Needs

Many parents of special needs children lament their children being left out of sports programs and other games at school.  While many schools are supportive of the mainstreaming and inclusion method for education, special needs children are often left behind when it comes to sports.