Creating soothing sensory experiences are an integral part of developing individualized coping skills and self-care. This is the first in our series on our senses and we talk about sound and music.
Shayna and Kathy welcome 3 guests this week. Emily plays the flute and works in instrument repair, Megan is a music educator, and Melissa integrates music into everything she does, including her work as a social worker.
References and Credits:
Calming the Body Before Calming the Mind: Sensory Strategies for Children Affected by Trauma
Music On Our Minds: The Rich Potential of Music to Promote Brain Health and Mental Well-Being
Music Listening as Coping Behavior: From Reactive Response to Sense-Making
Artwork by Matthew Gwaltney- https://www.bdbumblebee.com
Editing by Ryan Merrill
Intro Music is "Call to Adventure" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)-Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Emily loves all things music, nature, fashion, photography, and games. She holds a Bachelor’s in music performance from the University of South Florida, sharing her artistry through flute masterclasses, live performances, and working as an instrument repair technician. Emily is a passionate musician and a big advocate of music positively impacting our lives.
Megan Reichenbach is a music educator in her sixth year of teaching. She graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors of Music Education in 2017, and then taught chorus, musical theatre, and dance at Timber Springs Middle in Orlando for five years. Recently, she moved to New Jersey and has begun the new journey of teaching elementary music and chorus at Ocean Township Elementary. When she’s not teaching, Megan enjoys running, hiking, singing with others, craft beer, reading, and spending time with her husband, Matthew, and 16-year-old kitty, Tweety. She is currently watching “Righteous Gemstones” on HBO and is reading “The Shining” by Stephen King.
Former Music Specialist and Arts Instructor
My name is Melissa Cercone. I have my BSW from USF and I am currently enrolled in their MSW program in hopes to pursue my passion of play therapy work with children with mental health conditions as well as developmental disabilities. I am currently doing case management at USF through the Early Steps program. I have a lifelong love of music, and a journey of using music as a therapy tool that has changed my life.