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autism-friendly, children’s music, early childhood and infant programming ideas, early childhood development, inclusion, instrument petting zoo, karaoke, libraries, music technology, new york public library, professional development, programming ideas, social and emotional topics, social causes, teen and young adult programs / 14.12.2019

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...

adults with autism spectrum disorder, autism books, AutismFriendlyShows.com, blog, childrens books, disability, Scrak’s Big Adventure, social and emotional topics, stimming, Tim Shaw / 09.12.2019

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...

blog, gray area thinking, instrument petting zoo, mental health, new york public library, operation warm, social and emotional topics, social causes, think global act local / 24.11.2019

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...

Arts Integration, AutismFriendlyShows.com, children’s music, circles of communication, DIR, disability, Health and Wellness, mental health, mental health and wellness, social and emotional topics / 22.11.2019

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...

blog, children’s music, Family, libraries, mental health and wellness, new york public library, operation warm, social causes, think global act local / 18.11.2019

Yesterday I entertained kids in the Bronx while they received free warm coats from New York Public Library and Operation Warm. It is a humbling thing to see a kid get a free jacket before the cold winter. All kids deserve access to food, warmth,...