The Friend Ship Music CD and Workbook (plus a giveaway!)

CD CD and workbook copy

One of the greatest perks to blogging is the chance to meet other SLPs, especially those who are pursuing artistic endeavors in addition to managing a clinical caseload.  Erica Bland, MS, CCC-SLP is a therapist in Alameda, CA who recently released a children’s CD, The Friend Ship Music CD.

Erica found that she was often using original songs in her therapy sessions to drive home concepts and found that her kiddos would often memorize and use the songs outside of therapy as well.  Through collaboration with David Ramani, she was able to develop an entire playlist of songs to promote social communication and emotion regulation in little ones.

CD songlist copy

The CD contains 9 often catchy songs that reinforce current practices from the “Zones of Regulation” and “Social Thinking.”  The CD jacket provides the lyrics to all the songs and a workbook provides “Ideas for Parents” and “Ideas for teachers and therapists” for each song.

CD lyrics copy

I’ve listened to A LOT of kids’ music over the years and it’s not unusual for much of it to be “message-y.”  What I liked about this CD is that it is clear about its purpose and message.  In much the way a jingle can keep you humming all day (and buying Oscar Meyer….anything), these songs would be easy for a therapist, parent and child to solidify behaviors well outside of a 50 min session.  Terminology will be familiar to therapists specializing in this area of practice and there isn’t a need to tweak the lyrics (unless you like to pop in a child’s name as I do).

CD workbook ideas copy

The workbook ideas are specific with concrete suggestions and appropriate vocabulary and probably best suited for parents and teachers.  I would recommend this for kids 3 years to Kindergarten.

Erica is generously giving a CD/workbook ($14.95 value) to a lucky reader!  To enter, simply leave a comment below answering: 

Enter by midnight, EST on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  You must have a US address to participate.  Good luck!

Entries are answering the following question:  “Do you typically work on social communication in a small therapy group setting or within the classroom? What activities do you find work best?”

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Lisa English

    I typically begin working on social skills in a small group setting, giving explanations and examples, role playing, and discussing the concept. Then, I like to work with the teacher to tell them what the student has been working on, and what terminology we’re using, so they can help the student generalize the skills to the classroom. Whenever possible, I use the therapy time when the student would be in my room, and I go into the classroom with him, but I’m not able to do that as often as I’d like.

    This looks like a great set! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Ann Adamavage

    I usually work on social skills in a small group setting. We then practice it in the appropriate setting after we have role played!

  3. Annette Macher

    I start in the small group setting. Role play is critical for extending the learning into practice.

  4. Mary Huston

    I usually start social communication skills in very small groups where I can control much of the interaction and address issues as they come up. As skills are learned and discussed and role-played we move to larger groups and eventually end up in the classroom and the community at large.

  5. Joan O'Brien

    I address social communication in both small groups and in the classroom. Establishing key concepts and common vocabulary is important to teach in small groups – and I like to have students help spread that information to their classmates. I’ve seen students showing their “expertise” and incorporating role plays as very successful.

  6. Shira Reiss

    I address Social Communication in group and especially with students on the ASD spectrum. I find that students on the ASD spectrum respond much better with music and sing along. There is another social communication out there that has the book “The Social Detective”, but it is very expensive. I hope to “win” this one since I think music will definately be beneficial and then share it with the other SLP’s in the district.

  7. Alexandria

    I tend to do small groups when addressing it. Role play tends to be a good way for them to really understand the concept.

  8. Ruth Morgan

    I typically directly teach social skills (from Michelle Garcia Winner’s curriculum) in a small group. I also then go into those children’s classrooms and reinforce the concepts. I also teach the vocabulary and concepts from the curriculum to other teachers, parents, and staff so they can use the same vocabulary with the kids. Role play, social stories, activities, video modeling—we try a variety of interactive lessons.

  9. patricia

    I’ve done it in small group therapy sessions. I usually do role play situations and also doing some video modeling.

  10. Shannon Giles

    I typically use small group for social communication skill development. We role play situations that have caused struggles for my students. I also try to get in to the lunch room and playground to help students with some day to day situations.

  11. Cassandra S.

    As a SLP in private practice, I am pretty much targeting social understanding/communication 1:1. In some cases I can bring the parent into the session to create a “group” (which also helps the parent learn and carryover the language/concepts). I use a lot of MGW’s Social Thinking curriculum and the ZONES.

  12. Brooke

    I usually address social skills in both small groups and in the classroom. That way we can work on generalization!

  13. Nancy Morse

    I work in small groups with my kiddos. I can see this music approach to be very well liked.

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