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Holiday Music — It’s not too soon!

We have just booked 3 Thanksgiving and Christmas party dates for the upcoming holidays!! Every year, my subcontractors (Kindred Spirits Music Therapy, Rose City Music Therapy and Waves Music Therapy) and I are asked to provide musical “entertainment” for client and family parties. While this isn’t really “music therapy” per se, we […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Services welcomes Dan!

Welcome to our team, Dan!  

UpBeat welcomes Dan to our team!  Dan is a Southern Californian and is a jazz guitarist, percussionist and has experience in recording arts studies.  Dan has strong clinical skills and a calm, accepting, and inviting presence.  Dan will be serving groups of older adults as well as middle school […]


I have revived my 1000 Person Project, giving myself another shot at reaching my goal of telling 1,000 people in Clark County (Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, LaCenter, Salmon Creek, Washington) about the healing power of music and music therapy. Today, I was invited to a PEO meeting, attended by 36 lovely women. I […]


Kelli Nye, special education teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School in NE Vancouver put together a great resource fair for families with children with special needs last night!  Among the exhibitors were ARC of SWWashington, Autism Behavioral Consulting (ABC), Legacy Salmon Creek, ESD 112, and me!  I spoke with a number of parents about their […]


One more!  I talked to a wonderful autism behavior specialist today – she does great work with children on the spectrum.  Vancouver is fortunate to have her!

Gluten-Free and Children with Disabilities

My Daughter Sarah gave a great talk last night at a Parent Coalition meeting at the ARC of Clark County about the benefits of gluten-free eating for children with disabilities.  Check out her blog at:

Music Therapy and children with developmental disabilities

Music therapy is the clinical use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship.  Music therapy can help children with developmental disabilities improve their cognitive skills, physical coordination and abilities, social skills, communication, and emotional stability.By this principle, music therapy can be a powerful tool in establishing or maintaining […]

Music therapy helps children with self-care

Research shows that embedded song interventions can help a child with autism during multi-step self-care tasks.  These songs can help a child successfully complete tasks such as hand-washing, toileting and cleaning up, increasing the child’s independent performance of these tasks.  (Kern, Wakeford, Aldridge, 2007) 

Music Therapy and Autism

Research literature reports that most individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum respond positively to musical experiences.  Because music is motivating and enjoyable, it is a very useful therapeutic tool.  Music can promote relaxation, self-expression, learning and relatedness, and can address multiple developmental needs at the same time.  Music is wonderfully flexible and adaptable, and […]