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Andrew Neary October 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

Amen on the frustrating

In-services on attention and classroom management have been requested of me twice in the last week.

Its a little “out of the box” but anything can turn into an opportunity.

Roia October 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

I wish I had brilliant ideas to offer- I’m not in private practice yet. I certainly appreciate your sharing your struggle and ideas here though, because I’m paying attention.

For what it’s worth: in New Jersey, the state music therapy association spent some time putting up displays in the local libraries about autism and music therapy and about music therapy with elders. We got a couple of interested people through that. Maybe you can mobilize the folks who are already receiving services and invite them to refer a friend who may need your services.

Oh, and your little one’s voice is so sweet. Good luck, Ms. Kimberly! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
.-= Roia´s last blog ..Battling inertia one session at a time =-.

Sarah Thompson October 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Oh Kimberly, I really empathize with your disappointment! I could tell you several stories exactly like that from my time in Fort Collins 2002-2006. I signed up for talk after talk (12-14 in my first year in Fort Collins), and created connection after connection only to have them go nowhere. That is exactly why I jumped at the opportunity to move to Denver. I wish I had some amazing tips for you. I’ve found Denver to be much more supportive of music therapy. Hang in there!!

Stephanie September 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

Hi Kimberly— I relate 🙂 I just started a private practice in Boise, Idaho. It’s amazing how responsive people are— but money is such a huge issue here. It’s also amazing how LONGGG it takes for programs to get off the ground, from meeting 1 to session 1.

I’ve definitely had those meetings where I rally up the MTs in our practice, I go buy huge numbers of juice boxes and cookies and…. 3 people show up. I found that evening times for parents are so hard. But let’s be honest– ANY time is hard for parents.

Good luck!
Stephanie

Kimberly September 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

That’s so true! Sometimes it takes an incredible amount of time, patience, and energy to develop a program. They forget to tell you how key persistence is to having your own practice 🙂 ~Kimberly

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