Lora Heller, MS, MT-BC, LCAT

  • What I am working on

    Lora has worked as a music therapist in a variety of client populations, including pediatric medicine and palliative care, child and adolescent psychiatry, gerontology, and family therapy.  In recent years, Lora has focused her music therapy practice in early childhood development. After completing her Master of Science in Special/Deaf Education, she developed Baby Fingers LLC - a therapeutic music and sign language program for families with young children. Lora has supervised and trained music therapy students from Molloy College and other schools since 1994, and has presented at conferences both regionally and nationally.

  • Educational Background
    • M.S., Special Education/Deaf Education, Hunter College, NYC
    • B.M.E., Music Therapy, College of Wooster, Wooster OH
  • Additional Information

    A member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Lora served for three years on the New York State Task Force for Occupational Regulation (NYSTF), regarding the New York State Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy. Lora is the author of seven sign language books, a music therapy textbook chapter, music therapy research, and studies on parenting. 

  • Publications/Presentations


    • Heller, L. (2015). Music Therapy with Peter: A Child with Fragile X Syndrome at Home and in an Inclusive Preschool Setting. imagine 6(1), 123. http://www.imagine.musictherapy.biz/Imagine/imagine.magazine.html
    • Heller, L. (2004).  Sign Language for Kids: A fun and easy guide to American Sign Language.  Sterling Publishing.
    • Heller, L. (2004, 2006, 2008).  Baby Fingers: Teaching your baby to sign.  Sterling Publishing. (5 book series)
    • Alexander, P. & Heller, L. (2000).  The Use of Music as Therapy with the Dying and Bereaved.  In Morgan, J.D. (Ed.), Meeting the Needs of our Clients Creatively.  New York: Baywood Publishing


    • National and regional presentations for AMTA, Zero to Three, Young Child Expo on music therapy in song writing, language development, interdisciplinary care, hospitals and schools.

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