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Maureen ‘Mo’ Dinsmore

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Education & Experience

Maureen graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After completing her clinical internship at Fraser School, she later worked as the music therapist at Fraser Child and Family Center, a day treatment center for children with Autism. While working at Fraser, she created and led new musical social groups and sibling groups, and developed an adapted lesson curriculum for piano, guitar, and trumpet. Maureen is a board certified music therapist and has additional training in the SCERTS model, sensory integration, and received the advanced level training in Neurologic Music Therapy through the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University in February 2010.

Maureen relocated to California to join the Music Therapy Center team in July 2010, and specializes in providing individual and group sessions to people with autism, down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, developmental delays, william’s syndrome, stroke, and dementia. She also gives adapted piano, guitar, trumpet, and voice lessons and leads a band of teenagers who have Autism and Down syndrome.

One of her most memorable experiences, she recalls, is when she was working with a boy who has autism and down’s syndrome. She was his ABA therapist and she incorporated music to help reinforce his tasks and goals. Through this 5-year experience, she now fully understands the significance of the ongoing relationship with the family. “ I realized how deeply my drive for what I do is influenced by wanting to be an early intervention in children’s lives and work step by step through the developmental years with their families.” Maureen’s passion is sharing music with others and using it as a medium to communicate with others and enrich others’ lives.