Social development is a learned complex skill that is critical for success throughout life. Social skills such as joint attention, turn-taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses are important for all young children to develop, but are particularly challenging for children with developmental and neurological differences whose social development may require additional support. In this edWebinar, Carol Ann Blank, Ph.D., LCAT, LPC, MT-BC, and Manager of Research and Special Needs Services for Music Together Worldwide, introduces participants to songs and rhythmic chants that support these necessary social skills in developmentally appropriate and enjoyable ways. This edWebinar also introduced to relevant social development theories and milestones as they apply to young children.
Viewers will come away with a better understanding of the ways in which developmentally appropriate early childhood music-making experiences can provide important opportunities for social development in the early childhood inclusion classroom, and how to approach music-making with young children to support social skill development in any child, particularly those whose social development may be delayed. Educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners will benefit from watching this recorded edWebinar.
About the Presenter
Carol Ann Blank, LCAT, LPC, PhD, MT-BC earned her doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is responsible for developing training, materials, and mentoring for Music Together teachers who work with children with special needs and their families. In addition, Dr. Blank is the manager of research and special needs services for Music Together Worldwide and teaches Music Together classes for children with special needs.
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At Music Together, we understand the importance of music in early childhood—from birth, in fact. Because the truth is, most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if they choose. But first we must learn how to “speak music”—to take the musical instrument we all have, ourselves, developing that musical capacity from a very young age. The sounds we make, our movements, our rhythms—these are the building blocks of music and of early childhood learning. And that’s what Music Together is all about.