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Our New Team Member - Ms. Katie!

Katie Stickney, MT-BC, NMT joins Dynamic Lynks after completing her clinical internship and working at Giant Steps, a therapeutic day school for students on the autism spectrum. While working at Giant Steps, Katie had the opportunity to learn about Neurologic Music Therapy approaches and how to adapt interventions to best meet the sensory and emotional regulation needs of all individuals.

Q: Where did you grow up, and what brought you to the Chicago area?

A: I grew up in southern Maine, twenty minutes from the ocean! It is such a beautiful state, with the best seafood and scenery. I vacationed in Chicago with my family when I was a kid, and ever since it has always been a place I’ve wanted to live. When my music therapy internship opportunity brought me to the Chicago-land area, I jumped at the chance!

Q: Where did you go to college for your music therapy degree?

A: I went to Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It was a small school located 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. My college program focused on exploring multiple theoretical frameworks to broaden our music therapy perspectives. I learned so much from my peers and professors, and look back on my time there fondly.

Q: What clinical populations do you have experience working with?

A: I was lucky enough to work with a variety of populations during my practicum opportunities in college, spanning the lifespan from newborn infants through older adults, with a variety of abilities and diagnoses. Through my internship and previous job, I have the most experience working with children on the autism spectrum.

Q: What are your favorite instruments to use in Music Therapy sessions?

A: My favorite instruments to use during sessions are drums, egg shakers, cabasas, and a guitar. Layered together, paired with each other, or simply by themselves, they provide awesome sounds to the music-making experience.

Q: What are your favorite skills to work on in Music Therapy sessions?

A: All of them! I especially like to work on communication skills, psychomotor skills, sensory and emotion regulation, and of course social skills. Fostering moments of peer interaction and cooperative play is something I love to work on during my group sessions.

Q: If you weren’t a music therapist, what would you be?

A: I have always thought of opening a small bakery! I like following a recipe and watching flour and sugar turn into a delicious treat. I find that food is also a great way of connection to family and community.

Q: What do you want the Dynamic Lynks family to know about you?

A: I am silly, enthusiastic, and a hard worker. I feel honored to get to know and work with your loved ones in music therapy sessions. My goal is to provide you and your loved one with a positive, therapeutic experience through music.

Q: What does celebrating neurodiversity mean to you?

A: To me, celebrating neurodiversity means respecting, validating, and appreciating the different perspectives that make up our diverse community. It is important to highlight strengths and to embrace and celebrate our differences, because they make us who we are.

Q: What are you most excited about joining the Dynamic Lynks team?

A: I am most excited about building lasting therapeutic relationships and joining this dedicated and passionate community. I have already learned so much, and cannot wait to keep growing with Dynamic Lynks.

If you or your child are interested in starting individual sessions with Katie, you can email info@dynamiclynks.com and we will add you to her schedule!

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