social and emotional topics

Every year we volunteer to perform for the military families at West Point. The kids and the parents have the best time ever. We go all out. We want to make sure that these kids have the best time ever. We even bring along our...

I love to run. And I love to exercise. When I was a kid I struggled with exercise. I was terrible at sports. I would never be picked for sports teams at recess. And I really wasn't a dedicated sports fan. For these reasons I...

We just shared our 3rd presentation of "The Power of Music to Make Libraries More Inclusive" with the staff of the New York Public Library. We want to empower librarians to incorporate more music into their programs. We also want libraries to be more autism-friendly...

Another exciting feature of the new book is that we introduce "neurotypical" kids to common self-stimulatory activities (or physical activities that help calm down one's body when they are overwhelmed) for people with autism. My brother-in-law would flap his hands, jump up and down and...

Today we participated in another event with New York Public Library and Operation Warm to give free coats to kids in the Bronx, sign them up for library cards and hand out free books. We essentially did a 3-hour concert with instrument petting zoos between...

Today I performed for over 200 kids at a special needs school in Massapequa Park, Long Island. We did two performances and the kids and teachers absolutely loved it. One of the coordinators came up to me afterwards and said "I've been working here 27...

One of the challenges of being a new parent is being thoughtful. Thoughtful about where I place my coffee on the table so Teddy can not pull it off and spill it all over himself or the carpet (and so I can have my coffee!)....