A lot of people get the idea that music therapy is only for young children, or only for older adults, but that's simply not the case! We serve lots of clients in their late teens and twenties all over the Atlanta area! For our older clients, we adjust what we're working on and how we're working on it to ensure that it's age appropriate material.
One of my favorite music-based activities to use with teen and twenty-something clients is lyric analyses. We'll use lyric analysis to learn life skills, language concepts, and even academics! So for our clients who grew up in the 90's, this means using fantastic 90's music repertoire. And what's better than 90's TV show theme songs?
Seems these days, the art of the TV theme song has been lost. These dang kids and their Phineas and Ferb!
Here's a list of lyric analysis ideas for some sweet 90's TV tunes.
Step by Step
"Step by step, day by day, a fresh start over, a different hand to play."
Some of our clients are learning job skills so that they can live fulfilling, independent lives. Frequently, learning to do these jobs involves learning sets of instructions to complete a task (clearing a table, packing an envelope, answering a phone). To master these tasks, we need to break it down into...wait for it...STEPS! The lyrics of this songs fit perfect for such a task!
"As days go by, it's the bigger love of the family."
Going through a tough patch in life? Looking for a support system? This song is all about finding strength through the love of family members.
"Everywhere you look, there's a heart, a hand to hold onto."
Every now and then, we just need to be reminded of the support systems available to us. Family and friends, career supports, financial assistance. But we have to go out and look!
"It's like you're always stuck in 2nd gear."
Awesome opportunity to discuss metaphors and figures of speech here. Figurative language can be challenging for a person with autism to relate to, so teaching the meaning behind metaphors is a great language exercise!
Boy Meets World
"Wandering down this road that we call life."
It's easy to feel like present circumstances are an indicator of future events, but it's important to remember that life is a journey, and by controlling our own actions, we can affect the future.
Saved by the Bell
"If the teacher pops a test, I know I'm in a mess, and my dog ate all my homework last night. Riding low in my chair, she won't know that I'm there."
This one is more of a lesson of what NOT to do. This song could serve as a lesson on personal responsibilities and taking care of the things we need to take care of everyday. Perhaps by using a "to-do list."
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
"Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned ups."
Sometimes circumstances beyond our control can affect our lives in significant ways. However, we can learn a lesson from the Fresh Prince here and utilize those situations to grow personally.
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