Social Media The ECMT Facebook Group has grown to over 658 members (about 250 additional members than in 2012). Rose Fienman (imagine editorial assistant) is monitoring the group. As a reminder, please refrain from using this forum for advertisement only, instead view it as a space for collaboration and information sharing with colleagues. Rose Fienman also administrated the imagine Twitter account @imagineECMT, tweeting useful information about the magazine and related ECMT information. Government Relations Elizabeth Schwartz informed members of the ECN that the state of NY gave a letter of clarification for providing music therapy as a related service under IDEA in the state of NY, which has been printed in the recent Music Therapy Matters. Advocacy and New Trends Marcia Humpal chairs the AMTA Strategic Priority on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Dr. Petra Kern, Dr. Blythe LaGasse, Barbara Else (ex oﬃcio), and Judy Simpson (ex oﬃcio) on the Steering Committee. Several ECN member are on the advisor board. The group targeted the following three areas: 1) Awareness and Recognition, 2) Training and Professional Development, and 3) Evidence-Based Practice and Research. Stay tuned for resources on the AMTA website. Dr. Petra Kern shared that the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) is re-visiting inclusion with the campaign ACT (All Children Together) and is updating the recommended practice guidelines (see http://www.dec-sped.org/ recommendedpractices). Also, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAECY) has published a “Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs” in collaborations with the Fred Rogers Center (see http://www.naeyc.org/ files/naeyc/file/positions/ KeyMessages_Technology.pdf). Additionally the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University published “Five Numbers to Remember about Early Childhood Development,” providing
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evidence about the importance of early childhood intervention (see http:// developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/ multimedia/interactive_features/five-numbers/). 3. Year 2013 in Review Research Projects/Reports Todd Schwartzberg conducted three studies addressing short- and long-term memory, comprehension and generalization of social skills, and repertoire used by practitioners working with young children with ASD. He oﬀered to provide a summary of outcomes with clinical applications in the 2014 issue of imagine and invited ECN members to his AMTA poster presentation. Dr. Grace Thompson from Australia discussed her study on supporting parents to support their child with ASD through music therapy. She will share a summary of the results in the 2014 issue of imagine as well. Dr. Petra Kern and Marcia Humpal updated the ECN group about the outcomes of the national survey study on clinical practice and training needs of music therapists working with individuals with ASD. Over 320 AMTA members responded to the survey. Results will be published in the Journal of Music Therapy in December, 2013 and presented at the 2013 AMTA conference. Carol Blank is sharing her dissertation topic “Music Therapists’ Decision-Making in Music Together Within Therapy®: Towards a Theoretical Framework.” 4. Presentations & Publications See imagine 4(1), 2013, p. 18 for pre-conference trainings, institutes, and CMTEs as well as concurrent sessions on ECMT. See imagine 4(1), 2013, p. 124-125 for ECMT publications in 2013. 5. Sharing Resources Dana Bolton recommended that Folkmanis Puppets® encourage interactions and language development in young children with various disabilities. See http://www.folkmanis.com/ Content/17.htm Elizabeth Schwartz spoke about Milo the Bear™, which can support choice making, provide
The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...