Laura Theismann, MT-BC

About Laura

Laura Theismann, MT-BC Music Therapist and Curriculum Director Laura joined Key Changes Music Therapy Services in 2012.

Tips for Behavior Modification-Music Therapy Style!

Music therapists use many strategies and interventions that focus on numerous goals and objectives that fall under various domains such as language and communication, motor skills and coordination, social skills, and cognition. Music therapists are also extensively trained in managing specific behaviors when providing treatment. Often times family members and teachers that we work with […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Music Therapy is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Related Service

Parents in the greater Columbia area may not be aware that music therapy is a provided service for students via their local school system’s special education department.

This is wonderful news to many parents; however, adding additional services to your child’s IEP requires some footwork.

Below you will find a step-by-step process for adding music therapy to […]

By |January 9th, 2016|Uncategorized, Why Music Therapy Works|2 Comments

Adaptive Lessons (Part 2)

In my last blog, Adaptive Lessons (Part 1), I shared that the benefits of music lessons include improving fine motor skills, social skills, cognition, and auditory discrimination. My professional practice has given me the opportunity to create a variety of interventions used in these lessons. One example is facilitating exercises on the piano with a […]

By |January 6th, 2016|Why Music Therapy Works|0 Comments

What is an Adaptive Lesson?!? (Part 1)

Here at Key Changes speech and music therapy are not the only services we offer. Our music therapists are also very talented musicians that specialize in teaching adaptive lessons for individuals both with and without special needs. For more information check out this blog post outlining the difference between music education and music therapy.

So what […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Blog, Why Music Therapy Works|0 Comments

Fun Facts about Music and Your Brain

Our brains are one of nature’s most incredible and complex pieces of machinery. Even to this day scientists, researchers, and doctors are still trying to unlock it’s secrets and mysteries.

As a therapist, I love to see how the brain responds to different music based interventions and therapeutic strategies I use to work on goals and […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Blog, Why Music Therapy Works|1 Comment

Now Introducing……Key Changes on Pinterest

As social media grows the many types of apps and platforms we use to connect through the web like Twitter, Facebook, Linkdin, Snapchat, Tumblr, and Vines continues to grow as well. All of the tech tools we have today can be overwhelming, not to mention keeping up with posting, liking, poking, sharing, commenting, and snapping. […]

By |August 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Express Yourself!

In music therapy, professionals focus on a variety of domains including fine and gross motor skills, emotional recognition and regulation, cognitive skills, behavioral skills and social skills. One of my favorite areas to address using music is the communication domain. In my experience, a person’s inability to communicate affects how they cope with frustration, challenging […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Blog, Why Music Therapy Works|0 Comments

Connecting Through Music

Connecting Through Music

Music is a wonderful and universal language that most people can relate to or understand. Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” As a therapist that uses music as a foundation in my practice, I couldn’t agree more. In music therapy, we use a variety of activities and interventions that […]

By |July 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learning the Concept of Grouping Through Music

There are many songs and interventions music therapists use in therapy sessions to address various areas of concern and deficit. Often times, our clients enjoy activities in music therapy so much that their parents ask us for activities they can use at home. Similar to speech, physical, and occupational therapy, activities can be sent home […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Do You Have to Pick on Me?

Bullying is a problem many kids face on a daily basis and it is becoming more and more of an issue today. Recently I have come across many stories where cyber bullying leads to devastating and irreversible choices. Many parents may even have children and adolescents that come home emotionally distraught or dread having to […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment