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    Students’ mental health and the voice studio: How to help without losing lesson time
    (National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2022) Bernardini, Denise; DiMaio, Lauren
    MENTAL DISORDERS PLAGUE THE YOUNG SINGER. In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 18 million students were enrolled in college. Nearly three out of four of these students have experienced a sense of "overwhelming anxiety" at some time; just under 30% report having felt overwhelming anxiety in the previous two weeks. (1) College students are not the only people suffering; children under the age of18 also are experiencing increased anxiety. According to the CDC, 4.4 million children aged 3-17 years of age have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. (2)
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    The development of an application that supports body awareness for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities
    (Sciendo, 2019) Depountis, Vicki; Okungu, Phoebe; Molloy-Daugherty, Della
    The manuscript reports a case study of a design-based research effort to create an app that promotes body awareness among students with visual impairments (VIs) and additional disabilities. Since 2012, a multidisciplinary team has been developing and testing an app called “Body Awareness through Movement and Music,” designed to help children with VIs and additional disabilities improve their body awareness. The app is embedded with features grounded in structured movement routine (SMR) theory. The research effort examines whether a well-designed, intuitive user interface can support improved body awareness of students with VIs and multiple disabilities when used within the itinerant teaching model. A prototype of the app was presented at an international conference where attendees reacted positively to the possibility of using the tool to support body awareness. The prototype was used in a case study with one participant through a multi-sensory approach, with consistency and repetition. Initial findings indicate use of the app provided a SMR that enabled the participant to exhibit appropriate behavior.