Dear Early Childhood Colleagues, I am both honored and delighted to have a role in welcoming you to imagine! As an occupational therapist working in early childhood, I often have been both amazed at and excited about the ways in which music therapy and occupational therapy complement one another, seemingly working “hand in hand.” My experiences working collaboratively with a highly skilled music therapist have led me to have great respect for the field of music therapy, and also to appreciate the unique contributions of the music therapist to early childhood interventions. My favorite of those experiences centers around the work that my music therapy colleague and I did together to support children with a variety of disabilities to engage in outdoor play and social interactions with each other and their typically developing peers on the playground. Not only was our collaborative approach to intervention successful, but we also had a great deal of fun! Neither the success of the intervention nor the learning and laughing that occurred in the process would have been possible without the music therapist. I believe that it is exceedingly important that you who have expertise in the therapeutic use of music with children get your passion, creativity, and knowledge – born of both research and professional experience – out there for others to see and hear. This simultaneously allows you to “grow” your profession by sharing and adding to work that has already been done, and to increase your visibility and validity outside the field of music therapy by educating others about the art and science of your work. I also believe that imagine promises to be an important tool for doing just that – growing and promoting early childhood music therapy. I congratulate you on the inauguration of this wonderful new magazine, and welcome you to this first exciting and informative issue!
Linn Wakeford Assistant Professor for Occupational Science
Linn Wakeford, M.S., OTR/L Assistant Professor for Occupational Science Department of Allied Health Sciences University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
imagine l Vol.1, No.1
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