It's great to be back at work after the winter break! Already there have been some exciting developments. On Friday morning (January 9) I have been invited to participate in a live radio program: Sirius XM Radio's Doctor Radio show, "About Our Kids." Doctor Radio broadcasts on Sirius 114 & XM 119. The hosts, Dr. Lori Evans, Ph.D. & Dr. Jess Shatkin, MD, from the NYU Child Study Center, will be hosting a show about Music Therapy through Song and Sound. We will be talking about how music therapy is used to help children on the autism spectrum communicate. My colleague from the Center, Nina Guererro, will be joining me for the hour-long segment. The show runs from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM; there will be other discussions between 8 and 9, and our segment runs from 9 to 10. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about music therapy in general, and specifically the potential of music therapy to enhance communication and social interaction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please tune in!!!
I had another bit of good news: I have been nominated to the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). The CBMT administers and maintains a national certification and recertification program for the profession of music therapy. In the past I have served on the Exam Committee, which writes the certification exam, and on the Practice Analysis Committee, which identifies the tasks necessary for the practice of music therapy. I am honored to be asked to serve on this committee, which has done so much for the profession.
I have also been invited to submit a proposal for the Fourth International Forum of the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs in Doha, Qatar in April. I presented at last year's Forum, and I am looking forward to returning for a most stimulating conference. The theme this year is Achieving Independence. I am planning to cull from the Center's vast video library to illustrate how children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities can move towards freedom and independence through music therapy.
I welcome you to contribute your ideas, and send best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!