Follow Me: Connecting to the Early Childhood Community on Twitter Rose Fienman, MSW, MT-BC Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA Music therapists are raising their online profiles across social media, and Twitter is no exception. With many individuals, organizations, and companies tweeting and retweeting posts, it can be tricky to locate information that is relevant to clinical work in early childhood education. However, if knowing where to look, Twitter can be a valuable resource for quick ideas and concise information. With a limit of 140 characters, busy music therapy practitioners may even have time to read a few items during a full day of sessions. The following is a list of selected Twitter handles that provide solid information related to early childhood. @NAEYC Informative tweets published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (USA), the largest organization working solely on behalf of young children.
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@ECMMA This handle belongs to the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. Their mission is centered on promoting best practices for using music and movement with children from birth through age seven. They often tweet links to articles and blog posts. @TEC_Center The TEC Center provides information regarding the use of technology with young children. This is a great resource for early childhood practitioners in multiple disciplines as they share articles about the use of technology with young children. @YellowDoorUS This handle provides information on multisensory teaching resources, as well as interesting articles related to educating children from early childhood through first grade. @EarlyYearsEW This account regularly tweets articles from the Early Years in Education Week's early-childhood education blog. @FredRogersCtr Based on the work of everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, this organization is interested in advancing the fields of early learning and children’s media through communication, collaboration, and creative change. Their tweets are a diverse mix of articles about early childhood topics and ideas for working with young children.
@sesamestreet The account associated with the long-running children's television program tweets fun pictures and videos starring the residents of Sesame Street and their celebrity guests, as well as games and ideas for activities appropriate for young children. @imagineECMT The account associated with imagine Early Childhood Online Magazine strives to supply useful information about the magazine, including articles and deadlines, as well as retweets of relevant information. If there are other handles that are valuable to early childhood music therapist, please tweet us @imagineECMT. About the Author Rose Fienman, MSW, MT-BC, imagine editorial team member is a Program Director with Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc., and the WFMT Chair of the Public Relations Commission. She also practices at the Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at California State University, Northridge, where she supervises undergraduates completing fieldwork placements. Contact: email@example.com
The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...