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Life Skills

I Can Go Self-Regulate With Music!

Join a board-certified music therapist to practice sensorimotor and emotional regulation skills by engaging in music and movement activities! Great for ADHD, Autism, and active young children needing an outlet for movement and expression.
Shelley Newpher | CYT | MT-BC
7 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Self-regulation skills, breath control, progressive muscle relaxation exercises, self-awareness of emotional states, positive affirmations, coping strategies to calm the body and mind
I have over 8 years of experience facilitating group music therapy sessions in public school exceptional classrooms and individual music therapy with private clients.  Using sensorimotor-based and improvisational music therapy approaches, the students in my groups (ranging from low functioning to high functioning, and with a broad range of diagnoses such as ADHD, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy) work on goals in all domains of function including cognitive, motor, speech/communication, social/emotional, and sensory.  Highly interactive, live music interventions are proven to be effective in improving skills in these areas to meet specific group and individual IEP goals. The combination of music expertise (harp, guitar, ukulele, percussion, and piano) and understanding how music effects the brain through extensive neuroscience coursework, inform the work that I do as a music therapist.

Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Berklee College of Music

Board-Certified Music Therapist
Saint Mary of the Woods College

Bachelor of Arts in Harp Performance
Miami University
It is recommended to use the videos to practice self-regulation whenever there is a need
Scarf or Flowy fabric for dancing, rhythm instruments such as shakers/maracas, bells, tambourine, small hand drums. These instruments can also be made out of items found at home such as pots and pans, beads/beans in a salt shaker, etc. Drawing and writing materials.
As this course is designed to work on self-regulation, the assessment of progress is based on how independently the learner is able to regulate sensorimotor behavior and emotions.  Parents can observe how the child improves self-regulation skills by comparing first experience and self-regulation during videos to skills demonstrated while participating in videos in the 4th week of class.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
The videos provided in this course are intended to be used as frequently throughout the week as needed.  They can be used any time a learner needs to practice self-regulation, which is why it is designed as a flex class.  The resources will be available to the learner for all four weeks, and be provided with visual aids to continue similar activities beyond the end of the course, as a sustainable and transferable home practice.  

These sessions are intended to be a safe and supportive time for students to work on big emotions, big movement, and all needs that emerge naturally, so having a parent or trusted guardian available as the learner is engaging with the videos can be helpful.  There is no right or wrong way to participate and can be self-paced!  Your learner may begin by just watching without physical engagement, and after several times watching, be more comfortable with an interactive experience using instruments or props.
Self-Regulation and Active Problem Solving: Activities to Teach Kids How to Generalize Learned Skills to Real-Life Situations by Briana Makofske, PhD
Mindful Games for Kids by Kristina Marcelli-Sargent


Shelley Newpher | CYT | MT-BC
Lives in the United States
Certified Yoga Teacher and Music Therapist
7 total reviews
10 completed classes

About Me


I have been a teacher for over 20 years and served as a board-certified (sensorimotor-based) music therapist in public school and preschool classrooms, a yoga instructor for in-school (elementary) yoga clubs at a Montessori school,... 
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