I recently discovered Laurie Berkner, after a client’s family recommended her to me. She has so many great children’s songs and videos! I think music therapists could utilize her music in sessions, as I have been this summer. One of the songs I particularly like is “Walk Along the River”, which you can view below.
The guitar chords are easy, and the rhythm is fun. I’ve paired this with simple songwriting for summer activities you could do by the river. You could also use it for different motor movements, as Laurie does, adding twist, hop, kick, etc. I have also paired this song with the ocean and wave drums for turn-taking skills–viewable here.The kids have enjoyed vocalizing the “Oo wa” part with me and seem to have just as much fun with this song as I do!
~Staff Music Therapist